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SC First Steps equips South Carolina's early learners and their families with the individualized support and resources they need to be successful in school and in life.

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SC First Steps has a presence in every county in South Carolina.

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Since its inception in 1999, SC First Steps has helped South Carolina's youngest children and their families get ready for school.

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Last week, First Steps Executive Directors from around the state gathered in Columbia and joined South Carolina First Steps staff in honoring Deborah Gantt Padgett, Executive Director of Saluda County First Steps.

After 18 years of service, Deb will retire at the end of this week. She is one of the longest-serving partnership directors in First Steps history, and leaves behind a remarkable legacy of strong programs and dynamic partnerships.

Please join us in thanking Deb for her dedication to the families and children of Saluda County and wishing her an enjoyable and well-earned retirement!
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Last week, First Steps Executive Directors from around the state gathered in Columbia and joined South Carolina First Steps staff in honoring Deborah Gantt Padgett, Executive Director of Saluda County First Steps.

After 18 years of service, Deb will retire at the end of this week. She is one of the longest-serving partnership directors in First Steps history, and leaves behind a remarkable legacy of strong programs and dynamic partnerships.

Please join us in thanking Deb for her dedication to the families and children of Saluda County and wishing her an enjoyable and well-earned retirement!

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Congratulations Deb! Thank you for all you have done for SC’s young children!

In just 8 weeks, thousands of South Carolina children will enter kindergarten, and every one of us has a role to play in supporting their readiness for school and life.

Here are five ways communities can help create positive environments for young children to learn and grow:

▪Neighbors can organize block parties and neighborhood events to increase social connections between families

▪Local businesses can create child-friendly spaces by placing children's books and toys in lobbies and waiting areas

▪Employers can create family-friendly workplaces by investing in policies like parental leave and flexible work schedules

▪Faith communities can provide high-quality children's programming and parenting support

▪Everyone can be an advocate by volunteering, contacting elected officials, and sharing information and resources within their social networks

Visit our website to learn more about Countdown to Kindergarten, a program designed to establish strong connections between families and kindergarten teachers during the summer before school entry: scfirststeps.org/what-we-do/school-transition/
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In just 8 weeks, thousands of South Carolina children will enter kindergarten, and every one of us has a role to play in supporting their readiness for school and life.

Here are five ways communities can help create positive environments for young children to learn and grow:

▪Neighbors can organize block parties and neighborhood events to increase social connections between families

▪Local businesses can create child-friendly spaces by placing childrens books and toys in lobbies and waiting areas

▪Employers can create family-friendly workplaces by investing in policies like parental leave and flexible work schedules

▪Faith communities can provide high-quality childrens programming and parenting support

▪Everyone can be an advocate by volunteering, contacting elected officials, and sharing information and resources within their social networks

Visit our website to learn more about Countdown to Kindergarten, a program designed to establish strong connections between families and kindergarten teachers during the summer before school entry: scfirststeps.org/what-we-do/school-transition/
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