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

September 2021

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What service looks like at South Carolina First Steps: The First Steps AmeriCorps program, a blog by First Steps Trustee Shelley Canright, and more.


Why I serve, why I give

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As both a state agency and a nonprofit, South Carolina First Steps relies on the service and financial support of passionate people like Dr. Shelley Canright. A former educator and STEM leader within NASA’s Office of Education, she now serves as vice chair of the South Carolina First Steps Board of Trustees. In this blog post, Dr. Canright reflects on what it means to serve.

Blog Post

SC First Steps announces Early Childhood Innovation Grants

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South Carolina First Steps has awarded competitive grants totaling $282,731 to seven local First Steps nonprofits as part of its Early Childhood Innovation Grants program. The funding will expand programs and services that help prepare children for kindergarten.

Press Release

State of the Field: Two-Generation Approaches to Family Well-Being

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South Carolina First Steps is part of a national movement advancing a two-generation approach to early childhood programs and policies. This recent report from Ascend at the Aspen Institute features our executive director, Georgia Mjartan, and recent collaborative efforts to engage whole families in the early care and education of our state's youngest learners.


Upcoming Events

21 October

SC First Steps Board of Trustees and SC Early Childhood Advisory Council Meeting - October 2021

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The South Carolina First Steps Board of Trustees meetings are every other month. In October, the First Steps trustee meeting will immediately follow the South Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council convening.

11 November

Veterans Day (observed)

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

25 November

Thanksgiving 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.