Apply - SC First Steps


Submit an application to enroll in the First Steps 4K program.

Prepare Your Child for Success in Kindergarten

First Steps 4K is accepting applications for FREE 4-year-old kindergarten!

Before proceeding make sure to have the following documents ready to upload. You can save them to your computer or phone, or use your phone camera to take a picture and upload it into the application.

  • Child's Certified Birth Certificate- Must be four-years-old on or before September 1, 2024.
  • One Proof of SC residence - Current SC Driver's License, State-Issued ID, current utility bill or signed rental/mortgage agreement
  • Income verification - Child’s Medicaid card or Letter of Eligibility, OR family SNAP card, OR household income documents

Apply Now for the 2024-2025 School Year

Aplicar ahora para el ano escolar 2024-2025


What happens after I apply?

All submitted applications will be reviewed by the First Steps 4K office. After eligibility is determined, our office will email you. Your school of choice will also reach out.  *Be sure to include a good working email on your application.

Slots are limited, so don't delay your application.

What child care provider can I choose?

You have the choice to apply to ANY participating school that works best for your family. If you are not familiar with the schools participating in your area, we suggest you call and schedule a tour.

Who can I contact for help with my application?

Should you have questions or need assistance with any part of the application process, please call 1-877-621-0865 and choose Option 1 during normal business hours. You can also email for additional assistance.