Children are learning from the moment they are born. With support from their parents and caregivers, they gain the skills, knowledge, and behaviors necessary for a strong start in school. The following resources are available to help.
No matter where you live in South Carolina, you can find a First Steps location nearby. Our professionals are here to assist you with parenting and to help you promote your child's learning and growth. Contact your local First Steps to learn more.Find your local First Steps >>
South Carolina’s Profile of the Ready Kindergartner describes 60 developmental milestones for rising kindergartners.Learn more >>
First Five South Carolina connects families with the state’s public services for young children. Answer a few questions to check your eligibility for over 40 programs.
Palmetto Pre-K is your one-stop shop for finding free educational preschool programs in South Carolina. Check your eligilibity, search for a program near you, learn how to apply.
The Palmetto Basics are five fun, simple concepts that parents and caregivers can use to help a child’s healthy development. This free resource is designed especially for families with babies and toddlers.
Countdown to Kindergarten supports rising kindergartners and their families in the transition to school. Visit countdownsc.org to find summer programs, events, and resources that help prepare children for kindergarten.
How your child moves, speaks, acts, plays and explores offer important clues about their development.
Information and programs that promote children's health.
Give your child a strong foundation by choosing a high-quality early learning program.
Act early if you have concerns about your child's development.
Turn daily activities into learning opportunities for your child.
Services and resources are available to help you care for your family and yourself.
We all have a role in protecting children from harm.
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