Intensive support to child care centers, Head Start and preschool classrooms to improve quality
Quality Enhancement programs promote quality in child care by providing early educators with one-on-one coaching and support. Classroom educators work with Technical Assistance Providers (TAPs) to set goals, review progress, and improve their strategies and skills over time.
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.
Classroom educators in licensed, registered or approved child care centers.
Opportunities for early childhood teachers, paraprofessionals, and program directors
Over a one-year period, participating classrooms receive rigorous quality assessments, on-site technical assistance at least twice monthly, a minimum of 8 hours of training, and funding for equipment and materials.
Learning experiences for early childhood professionals
Quality Enhancement programs aim to produce measurable improvements in the quality of child care provided to children 0-5.
child care centers served
hours of technical assistance provided
Early Care & EducationFirst 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.