Eligible children receive tuition-free enrollment at quality child care centers
Through First Steps and DSS-funded child care scholarships, eligible children receive tuition-free enrollment at quality child care centers.
This map only shows programs funded by South Carolina First Steps. For more information about services available in your area, contact your local First Steps partnership.
Contact your local First Steps for eligibility information.
Families with babies and toddlers
Families with preschool-aged children
Scholarship funds are paid directly to child care centers to serve eligible children.
Education and support for the whole family
Access to quality early care and education improves school readiness and long-term academic outcomes, and provides parents with the opportunity to work or attend school.
Early Care & EducationFirst Steps 4K
First Steps 4K offers free four-year-old kindergarten to qualifying children in South Carolina. We partner with more than 200 private, nonprofit, and faith-based centers across the state, making it easy for families to find a high-quality program that meets their needs.