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

Editorial: College just got easier for another 1,000 SC kids. We can’t stop there.

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It’s only by helping all children to thrive — which starts with helping parents prepare their children to learn and then providing those children with more and better teachers who know the best ways to teach them and are teach them — that our state will become the place we want our children and grandchildren to call home.

New community center brings much-needed child care, opportunity to Spartanburg

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State and local officials joined community leaders to open the Highland Early Learning Center on Tuesday. The new child care center, located in Spartanburg’s Highland community, will provide free, quality care and education to eligible children.

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Register today for the SC Summit on Early Childhood!

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Register today for the 2021 SC Summit on Early Childhood. With “From the Start” as our theme, keynote speakers and breakout sessions will focus on the earliest years of childhood, from prenatal to age three. All events, including networking opportunities and an interactive expo hall, will be presented virtually December 2-3, 2021.

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A fundraiser for South Carolina's children

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This is the year we are launching our inaugural fundraising event, Celebrate Community. Here's how you can get involved.

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Upcoming Events

24 December

Christmas Eve (observed)

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

27 December

Christmas Day (observed)

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

28 December

Day After Christmas (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.