Quality Enhancement - SC First Steps

Quality Enhancement

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

Evidence Based

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.

Who it Serves

Classroom educators in licensed, registered or approved child care centers.

Early care and education providers

Opportunities for early childhood teachers, paraprofessionals, and program directors

How It Works

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.

Professional Development

Learning experiences for early childhood professionals

Target Outcomes

Quality Enhancement programs aim to produce measurable improvements in the quality of child care provided to children 0-5.

Community Impact 2021


child care centers served


hours of technical assistance provided


counties served

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