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

First Steps 4K Providers Give a Glimpse into their Experience with First Steps 4K

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First Steps 4K teachers and directors shared about who they are, what they teach in their classrooms, how they engage with families, and why other child care providers should join the First Steps 4K family. Read on to learn more about what our First Steps 4K providers have told us about their experience with First Steps 4K.

Fact Sheet

First Steps 4K Wraps Up a High-Quality Year

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First Steps 4K served 3,343 students for at least one day through Day 180 of the 2021-2022 school year. Come check out how First Steps 4K provided high-quality child care to communities across the state during their first year of expansion.

Fact Sheet

First Steps AmeriCorps recognizes McNair Members of the Year

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Two First Steps AmeriCorps members have been named McNair Members of the Year for 2021-2022.

Blog Post

First Steps Legislation

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Understanding First Steps' purpose and its relationship with the Early Childhood Advisory Council is key to envisioning our goals.

Print Resource

18 August

SC First Steps Board of Trustees and SC Early Childhood Advisory Council Meeting - August 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.

5 September

Labor Day (observed holiday)

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

16 September

SC First Steps Executive Committee Meeting - September 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.

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.