Early Care & Education

When children experience high quality care and education from birth through age five, they are more likely to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. First Steps increases access, quality, and professional development in early childhood programs statewide.

Early Care & Education

Quality Enhancement

Intensive support to child care centers, Head Start and preschool classrooms to improve quality

Early Care & Education

Quality 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 & Education

Child Care Scholarships

Eligible children receive tuition-free enrollment at quality child care centers

Early Care & Education

Child Care

Providing local families with access to high-quality early care and education.

Early Care & Education

Early Head Start

Nationally, Early Head Start programs serve over 160,000 children and pregnant women annually.

Early Care & Education

Training and Professional Development

Certified and registered training hours for the early childhood workforce

Early Care & Education

First 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.

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Quality Enhancement

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Quality Counts

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Child Care Scholarships

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Child Care

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Early Head Start

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First Steps 4K

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