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

Your Voice Matters - First Steps 4K Spring 2022 Family Engagement Survey

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We surveyed families enrolled in First Steps 4K classrooms across South Carolina in Spring 2022 to learn about how First Steps 4K impacts children and families. Come check out how First Steps 4K has affected parents'/caregivers' ability to work or attend school.

Fact Sheet

Your Voice Matters - Next Steps with the Quality Enhancement/Quality Counts Survey

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Teachers and directors who participated in the Quality Enhancement or Quality Counts (QE/QC) shared about their experience in the program through surveys and key informant interviews. They told us what was working and what could be improved. With their input, here is how we are taking steps to improve the QE/QC programs at SC First Steps.

Fact Sheet

Your Voice Matters - First Steps 4K Fall 2021 Response to Families

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We surveyed families enrolled in First Steps 4K classrooms across South Carolina in Fall 2021. We also heard from 4K families during virtual focus groups. Here is what we learned and how we are moving forward.

Fact Sheet

State initiative aims to reduce need for foster care

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Connected Families is designed to prevent the unnecessary removal of children from their homes and prevent further involvement in child welfare by providing families with voluntary, coordinated services from multiple agencies.

Press Release

Upcoming Events

20 May

SC First Steps Executive Committee Meeting - May 2022

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The SC First Steps Executive Committee meets regularly the third Friday every 2 months, effective 1/21/2022 until 11/18/2022.

23 May

SC First Steps Strategic Planning Committee Meeting - May 2022

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The Strategic Planning Committee is a sub-committee of the South Carolina First Steps Board of Trustees.

30 May

National Memorial Day (observed)

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

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.