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.

Attend an Interest Meeting

Interested in becoming a First Steps 4K Provider? Join Martha Strickland, First Steps 4K State Director, and members of our team to learn about the requirements and benefits of partnering with us. Please have your camera on and be ready to engage!

The LAST day that 2021-2022 4K Provider applications will be accepted is July 23, 2021 (exceptions may be made for qualified applicants).

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Save it to your calendar.

When: Jul 14, 2021, 04:00 PM 
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When: Jul 16, 2021, 11:00 AM 
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When: Jul 20, 2021, 09:30 AM 
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When: Jul 21, 2021, 02:00 PM 
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When: Jul 23, 2021, 12:00 PM 
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Complete the 2021-22 new provider application.

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