Resources for Parents - SC First Steps

Resources for Parents

Wherever you are in South Carolina, there's a First Steps nearby. Trained professionals are available to support you in your parenting and help you guide your child’s learning and development. Contact your local First Steps to find out how we can help you and your family get connected to the services and resources you need.

How do children become ready for school?

Children are learning from the moment they are born. Every early experience – from birth through age five – helps to build a foundation for school and life success. With the positive support of parents and caregivers, children gain the social and emotional skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for a strong start in school. The following resources are available to help:

Ages and stages

How your child moves, speaks, acts, plays and explores offer important clues about their development.

Health and wellness

Information and programs that promote children's health.

Child care and early education

Give your child a strong foundation by choosing a high-quality early learning program.

  • Visit to search for free full-day four-year-old kindergarten programs in private, community- and faith-based centers across the state.
  • Palmetto Pre-K is your one-stop shop for finding free pre-K programs in South Carolina.
  • ABC Quality is the state's quality rating and improvement system for child care providers.
  • SC Child Care Resource & Referral connects families with quality child care.


Delays and disabilities

Act early if you have concerns about your child's development.

  • BabyNet is South Carolina's early intervention system for infants and toddlers under three years of age with developmental disabilities.
  • Family Connection South Carolina offers resources and support to families of children with disabilities and special healthcare needs.

Everyday learning

Turn daily activities into learning opportunities for your child.

  • The Palmetto Basics are five fun, simple, and powerful ways that every family can give every child a great start in life.
  • Use the South Carolina State Library's Day by Day Family Literacy Calendar to develop your child's early literacy skills.
  • Your community has lots to do and see! Search this map to find your local library and explore family-friendly places near you.
  • Through Museums for All, those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) can gain free or reduced admission to museums across South Carolina and throughout the United States.

Family support

Services and resources are available to help you care for your family and yourself.

Child safety

We all have a role in protecting children from harm.