Providing local families with access to high-quality early care and education.
Several First Steps partnerships provide local families with access to high-quality early care and education by operating or supporting center-based child care programs in their communities.
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 program availability and eligibility.
Families with babies and toddlers
Families with preschool-aged children
Opportunities for early childhood teachers, paraprofessionals, and program directors
Local partnerships provide operational oversight and/or funding for licensed child care programs, including support for staff and materials.
A focus on language and literacy development
Learning experiences for early childhood professionals
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 & EducationQuality Enhancement
Intensive support to child care centers, Head Start and preschool classrooms to improve quality
Early Care & EducationQuality Counts
Quality Counts is a community-based child care quality improvement strategy, designed to build and sustain high quality in early care and education programs.
Early Care & EducationChild Care Scholarships
Eligible children receive tuition-free enrollment at quality child care centers
Early Care & EducationEarly Head Start
Nationally, Early Head Start programs serve over 160,000 children and pregnant women annually.
Early Care & EducationTraining and Professional Development
Certified and registered training hours for the early childhood workforce
Early Care & EducationFirst Steps 4K
First Steps 4K offers free, full-day four-year-old kindergarten to qualifying children in South Carolina. We partner with more than 250 licensed child care centers and private schools across the state, making it easy for families to find a high-quality program that meets their needs.
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