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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.

Register today for the SC Summit on Early Childhood!

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Register today for the 2021 SC Summit on Early Childhood. With “From the Start” as our theme, keynote speakers and breakout sessions will focus on the earliest years of childhood, from prenatal to age three. All events, including networking opportunities and an interactive expo hall, will be presented virtually December 2-3, 2021.

A fundraiser for South Carolina's children

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This is the year we are launching our inaugural fundraising event, Celebrate Community. Here's how you can get involved.

Join our MLK Week of Service 2022

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South Carolina First Steps and First Steps AmeriCorps invite you to join us in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Why I serve, why I give

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As both a state agency and a nonprofit, South Carolina First Steps relies on the service and financial support of passionate people like Dr. Shelley Canright. A former educator and STEM leader within NASA’s Office of Education, she now serves as vice chair of the South Carolina First Steps Board of Trustees. In this blog post, Dr. Canright reflects on what it means to serve.

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.

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

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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.