Become a First Steps 4K Provider - SC First Steps

Become a First Steps 4K Provider

South Carolina First Steps partners with private, nonprofit, and faith-based preschools to provide high-quality four-year-old kindergarten programs that prepare South Carolina's children for success in kindergarten and beyond.

When you partner with First Steps 4K, you become part of our mission to ensure that all children start school ready to reach their highest potential. In return, we provide the funding, resources, and support you and your staff need to meet our high-quality standards. The benefits include:

  • Student tuition. Providers receive up to $7,221 per child per year.
  • $10,000 grant for materials and supplies with 7+ First Steps 4K students.
  • A dedicated 4K coach to support you and your teachers.
  • 90 hours of free, high-quality professional development for teachers.
  • Transportation reimbursement of $587 per child per year.
  • Research-based curricula and materials.
  • Education opportunities and support for directors and small business owners.
  • Access to a statewide network of First Steps 4K providers.
  • Assistance with marketing and outreach.

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First Steps 4K New Provider Interest Sessions

Are you a DSS licensed center and have been in operation for at least one year? OR are you a non-profit independent school?  If yes, you may be eligible to partner with First Steps 4K. 

Join Martha Strickland, 4K State Director, and members of the First Steps 4K Team to learn about the opportunities of providing a 4K classroom through our state’s Child Early Reading and Development Education Program (CERDEP) funding. 

Click the date to register for an interest session. Have your camera on and ready to engage! We look forward to meeting you.

October 4, 2022, 3 - 4 p.m.

October 6, 2022, 10 - 11 a.m.

October 12, 2022, 2 - 3 p.m.

2023-2024 First Steps 4K New Provider Application

South Carolina First Steps 4K will begin accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year in Fall 2022 from private (non-school district) preschool providers to participate in the SC Child Early Reading Development and Education Program (CERDEP) to serve eligible 4K children who are residents of South Carolina.

All applicants are required to participate in a First Steps 4K New Provider Interest session. It is important that you familiarize yourself with the requirements outlined in the First Steps 4K Guidelines.

Questions? Contact Martha Strickland, 4K State Director, at (803) 734-0247.