$14.7 million in Federal Education Relief Awarded to First Steps for Early Childhood Health, Education, and Parenting
July 28, 2021, 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. The initiatives, which range from expanding pre-kindergarten education and home visiting programs to supporting infant and toddler health interventions and developmental screenings, will allow 25,000 children, parents, and caregivers to have access to resources and supports proven to improve education and health outcomes. Funding will expand the reach of Countdown to Kindergarten and Countdown to 4K, deepen the impact of afterschool and summer language and literacy programs for First Steps 4K students, expand evidence-based parenting programs for children birth through five and their families with a particular focus on families of infants and toddlers including Parents as Teachers and Early Steps, and establish or sustain Healthy Steps and PASOs early childhood health interventions based at primary care clinics and in the community.
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