No child’s demographics or zip code should determine their destiny. As the only funder of early childhood programs in every county of the state, South Carolina First Steps works to ensure that all children have equitable access to the resources and support they need. Each year, we allocate state funding to all 46 counties based on population and need. We also actively seek additional resources to make discretionary and targeted grants.
South Carolina First Steps received a three-year allocation of federal ESSER III funding from the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE), with a portion of the funding targeted to addressing learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic by expanding evidence-based parenting supports. Local First Steps partnerships may apply for funding to establish or expand high-intensity, evidence-based parenting programs.
South Carolina First Steps 4K is inviting local organizations to apply for funding to expand access to full-day, evidence-based preschool for low income four-year-olds in their communities.
Grants to support the state’s 46 First Steps county partnerships to fill gaps in services for children 0-5 in their county
For more information about First Steps grantmaking and grant seeking, contact