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