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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.

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.

Be a Healthy Hero

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Everyone can be a hero! Use our free, printable flyer and activity sheet to encourage your child to practice healthy habits at home, school, and play.

August 2021

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SC First Steps receives funding to support early childhood health, education and parenting programs.

South Carolina Families are Saying “Yippee for HIPPY!”

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Families are saying, “Yippee for HIPPY!” HIPPY stands for Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, an evidence-based parenting program offered by nine First Steps Local Partnerships. Enrollment for the 2021-22 school year is now open for parents and caregivers of four-year-olds.

First Steps AmeriCorps is Recruiting

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First Steps AmeriCorps is recruiting for 38 AmeriCorps members to serve in two different roles, Family and Community Engagement and HIPPY Parent Educator. AmeriCorps members gain valuable experience while serving their community. With service roles ranging from part- to full-time, we provide flexible scheduling to encourage a manageable service experience.

Closing the Gap - First Steps 4K

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Research shows that children who attend a high-quality preschool program are more successful in kindergarten and beyond.

Client Spotlight: The McPhail Family

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When Cassidy was just 8 months old, her mother, Jalisa, enrolled her in Lee County First Steps’ home visiting program, Early Steps to School Success. Every other week, the family received a visit from an early childhood expert, Felecia Evans, who provided tips and coaching to help mom and dad maximize their daughter’s early experiences.

“The Bigs and The Littles” A Blog by Martha Strickland, State Director of First Steps 4K

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I walk into a summer 4K classroom not knowing what to expect. Our idea of mixing rising 4 year-olds and rising 5 year-olds for 4K summer school had happened. Our hope was that the rising kindergartners would be the wise and patient seniors taking the newly entering freshmen under their wings.