Siblings of four-year-olds enrolled in the First Steps 4K program now qualify for child care and after-school scholarships thanks to a partnership between SC First Steps and the SC Department of Social Services. This scholarship program also covers all before-school and after-school care for First Steps 4K students.
Choose a quality pre-K experience for your four-year-old, plus child care for the whole family. With First Steps 4K, your child can attend a free full-day four-year-old kindergarten program at one of over 250 locations in South Carolina. Options include licensed child care centers, charter schools, and private schools. First Steps 4K also qualifies your family for child care scholarships through the DSS Child Care Scholarship program.
First Steps 4K PLUS scholarships cover extended care for your First Steps 4K student, as well as, child care and afterschool programs for siblings up to age 12. You can use these scholarships at any child care or after-school program in the ABC Quality program. To apply, first complete the First Steps 4K application. You'll receive the scholarship application after your First Steps 4K application is approved.
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