SC First Steps

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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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South Carolina First Steps promotes early literacy, encourages volunteerism as part of “MLK Week of Service”

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In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, South Carolina First Steps today kicked off a statewide reading event for young children. The kick-off event, held at Edventure Children’s Museum, marks the beginning of the agency’s MLK Week of Service, which is organized annually by the First Steps AmeriCorps program.

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South Carolina First Steps awards over $760,000 in grants for early childhood innovation and program expansion

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South Carolina First Steps has awarded competitive grants totaling $763,270 to expand early childhood programs and services that promote healthy development and prepare children for success in school.

Press Release

Getting ready for school: Inside a pop-up kindergarten classroom

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This story is part of a blog series by AmeriCorps VISTA Michelle Maxberry. As part of her year of full-time service at South Carolina First Steps, Michelle is gathering and sharing stories of young children, families, and communities served by local First Steps nonprofits across the state.

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Barnwell County teen mother triumphs with support from First Steps: Rushell’s Story

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Across the state, First Steps offers a range of programs that help families raise children to be healthy, safe, learning, and ready for school. Rushell’s story is a testament to life-changing impact these programs can have, turning challenges into triumphs and forging brighter futures for young families.

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18 April

SC First Steps Board of Trustees and SC Early Childhood Advisory Council Meeting - April 2024

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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.

10 May

Office Closure | Confederate Memorial Day

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South Carolina First Steps office is closed in observance of the state holiday.

27 May

Office Closure | National Memorial Day

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South Carolina First Steps office is closed in observance of the state holiday.

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