SC First Steps

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

Using Community Voice to Shape Policy

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In a project called “Your Voice Matters,” conducted from 2021-2022, South Carolina First Steps worked with Listen4Good (L4G) to solicit and act upon authentic feedback from its early childhood stakeholders throughout the state.

First Steps 4K Through Day 45

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First Steps 4K is serving more kids in 2022-2023. First Steps 4K served 3,242 students for at least one day through Day 45 (October 18, 2022) of the 2022-2023 school year – this is an 8 percent increase over last year’s total served for at least one day through day 45! Read on for more information on how First Steps 4K is serving children across our state.

Fact Sheet

First Steps 4K through Day 220

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First Steps 4K served 4,159 students for at least one day through day 220 of the 2021-2022 school year. Come see how First Steps 4K served students during the summer and how they are preparing for the 2022-2023 school year.

August 2022

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Families are finding preschool using Palmetto Pre-K.

Newsletter

16 February

SC First Steps Board of Trustees and SC Early Childhood Advisory Council Meeting - February 2023

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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.

20 April

SC First Steps Board of Trustees and SC Early Childhood Advisory Council Meeting - April 2023

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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.

20 April

A Night to Celebrate Community 2023

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Join South Carolina First Steps for a spring soirée benefitting the statewide network of local First Steps nonprofits that directly serve young children, their families and communities.

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.