Countdown to Kindergarten

Countdown to Kindergarten supports strong school transitions by connecting rising kindergartners, families, and teachers in a series of one-on-one visits during the summer.

Evidence Informed

Developed by South Carolina First Steps in 2003, Countdown to Kindergarten has supported school transitions for more than 17,000 children statewide.

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 visits 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

Literacy

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

1,340

children served

1,314

families served

11

counties served

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