Countdown to Kindergarten - SC First Steps

Countdown to Kindergarten

Countdown to Kindergarten supports transitions into kindergarten by connecting incoming students, their families, and their teachers in a series of one-on-one sessions during the summer.

Evidence Informed

Developed by South Carolina First Steps in 2003, the Countdown to Kindergarten program is part of a statewide initiative including community events, professional development opportunities, and an annual public awareness campaign. Learn more at

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.

Who it Serves

The program is designed for rising kindergartners who are at potentially higher risk for early school failure.

Ages 3-5

Families with preschool-aged children

How It Works

Teachers complete six one-hour sessions with each child's family, five in the family's home and a final visit in the kindergarten classroom.

Home Visiting

In-home coaching with trained parent educators


A focus on language and literacy development

Professional Development

Learning experiences for early childhood professionals

Target Outcome

Countdown to Kindergarten is designed to increase family awareness of kindergarten expectations, create positive home-school relationships, and ensure a smooth transition to school.

Community Impact 2022


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