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 Fall 2021 Family Engagement Survey

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The First Steps 4K Family Engagement Survey was administered online in the fall of 2021. The survey was sent to 2,706 parents/caregivers of 4K students of which 383 responded. We learned that 88% would highly recommend First Steps 4K to a friend or family member. We also learned that First Steps 4K teaches children and empowers parents to work. Check out the other benefits of First Steps 4K in this report.

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The Quality Enhancement/Quality Counts (QE/QC) Teacher Engagement Survey

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The goal of First Steps’ Quality Enhancement programs is to improve the quality of child care to children (0-5 years) through one-on-one coaching and classroom support provided by Technical Assistance Providers. The Quality Enhancement Quality Counts (QE/QC) Teacher Engagement Survey was administered online from November 8th to December 1st, 2021 to teachers who participated in the QE/QC program from July 1st, 2019 to the present. There were 101 responses from teachers in 7 counties across the state. Check out what teachers thought about their experience with our QE/QC program.

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The Quality Enhancement/Quality Counts (QE/QC) Director Engagement Survey

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The Quality Enhancement Quality Counts (QE/QC) Director Engagement Survey was administered online from November 8th to December 1st, 2021 to directors who participated in the QE/QC program from July 1st, 2019 to the present. There were 47 responses from directors in 7 counties across the state. 77% would highly recommend QE/QC programs to other child care providers in their county. Check out what else we learned about the QE/QC program experience from directors across the state.

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5 Top Takeaways from The Hunt Institute’s Early Efforts Webinar: Big Wins for Little Kids

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The December 7 event brought together an especially wide-ranging panel of experts and leaders from across the country. The conversation focused on advances at the state level during 2021.

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Upcoming Events

24 January

SC First Steps Strategic Planning Committee Meeting - January 2022

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

26 January

SC First Steps Executive Committee Meeting - January 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.

17 February

SC First Steps Board of Trustees and SC Early Childhood Advisory Council Meeting - February 2022

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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.

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.