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South Carolina First Steps welcomes new members to the Board of Trustees and the Early Childhood Advisory Council

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Two new members have joined the South Carolina First Steps Board of Trustees and South Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council.

South Carolina First Steps and partners celebrate Countdown to Kindergarten

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To ensure that every child arrives ready to learn, the state’s early childhood agency is partnering with local schools and communities to connect families with vital information and support.

State initiative aims to reduce need for foster care

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Connected Families is designed to prevent the unnecessary removal of children from their homes and prevent further involvement in child welfare by providing families with voluntary, coordinated services from multiple agencies.

State leaders unveil early childhood plan, launch new portal for families with young children

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First5SC.org connects families with programs and services for children from birth through age five.

New community center brings much-needed child care, opportunity to Spartanburg

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State and local officials joined community leaders to open the Highland Early Learning Center on Tuesday. The new child care center, located in Spartanburg’s Highland community, will provide free, quality care and education to eligible children.

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.

$14.7 million in federal education relief awarded to First Steps for early childhood health, education, and parenting

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State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced the South Carolina Department of Education will provide $14.7 million in ESSER III funding over the next three years to carry out early childhood initiatives in partnerships with South Carolina First Steps.

South Carolina First Steps awards $17,664,476 in grants to support children’s healthy development and school readiness

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South Carolina First Steps has awarded its largest funding amount in more than 15 years - $17,664,476 in grants to its network of 46 local First Steps partnerships.

Thousands of SC children are now eligible for free four-year-old kindergarten

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Thousands of children now have access to state-funded, full day, four-year-old kindergarten (4K) after South Carolina’s General Assembly allocated $37M to South Carolina First Steps and the SC Department of Education, supporting Governor Henry McMaster’s and the legislature’s vison for 4K statewide expansion.