Getting children ready for school

Every Child Ready

South Carolina First Steps works collaboratively to ensure that all children start school ready to reach their highest potential with engaged support from their parents, caregivers, and communities. Every Child Ready, our 2020-25 strategic plan, is a five-year road map for achieving our mission and moving toward our vision of success for every child.

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The Latest with First Steps

Countdown to Kindergarten Tips

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The Countdown to Kindergarten home visitation program provides parent tips sheets on the topics of: language, math, play, sleep, technology, writing, race and racism, and kindergarten expectations.

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Carolina Classrooms: Then Comes Kindergarten

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SC First Steps Executive Director Georgia Mjartan joins state early childhood leaders for a conversation about kindergarten readiness and resources available to South Carolina families.

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A plan to make pre-kindergarten free for all children

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SC First Steps says the cost of pre-K is currently unaffordable for most South Carolina families.

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South Carolina's two-generation, whole family approach

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We understand that helping children thrive means ensuring that parents and caregivers have the resources and opportunities they need for their own economic security and well-being, as well as their children’s. It means supporting the whole family.

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Upcoming Events

17 June

SC First Steps Board of Trustees and SC Early Childhood Advisory Council Meeting - June 2021

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The South Carolina First Steps Board of Trustees meetings are every other month followed immediately by the South Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council convenings.

19 August

SC First Steps Board of Trustees and SC Early Childhood Advisory Council Meeting - August 2021

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The South Carolina First Steps Board of Trustees meetings are every other month followed immediately by the South Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council convenings.

21 October

SC First Steps Board of Trustees and SC Early Childhood Advisory Council Meeting - October 2021

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The South Carolina First Steps Board of Trustees meetings are every other month followed immediately by the South Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council convenings.

Find the SC First Steps Local Partnership Near You

Wherever you are in South Carolina, there's a local partnership nearby. Contact your local partnership to find out how we can help you and your family get connected to the resources you need.