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

South Carolina First Steps welcomes new members to the Board of Trustees and the Early Childhood Advisory Council

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Two new members have joined the South Carolina First Steps Board of Trustees and South Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council.

Press Release

Parents as Teachers 2020-2021 Affiliate Performance Report

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Parents as Teachers is an evidence-based parent education and family engagement model serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten. Below is a summary of services that were provided by 38 affiliates in SC.

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SC's Countdown to Kindergarten program gives students an early start to learning this summer

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The state is using more than $950K in federal funding to support the program and create a more successful transition into school.


Your Voice Matters - South Carolina Parents as Teachers Family Engagement Survey 2022 - First Steps Funded Affiliates

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Nearly 500 families across South Carolina who are enrolled in Parents as Teachers, an evidence-based home visiting program, were surveyed and shared stories about how the program empowers them to be their child's first teacher.

Fact Sheet

Upcoming Events

4 July

Independence Day (observed)

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

15 July

SC First Steps Executive Committee Meeting - July 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.

25 July

SC First Steps Strategic Planning Committee Meeting - July 2022

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

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.