Posts by Porlan Cunningham

SC First Steps Turns 20!

South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness is officially 20 years old today! On June 28, 1999, The Honorable James H. Hodges, Governor of South Carolina (1999-2003), established First Steps as a statewide public-private partnership charged with getting South Carolina’s children ready for success in school and life. Two decades later, as the state’s only…

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NEW Palmetto Pre-K Collaborative Initiative Hosts Statewide “Palmetto Pre-K Jamboree” for SC’s Early Childhood Educators

Hundreds of South Carolina’s Pre-K (pre-kindergarten) teachers returned to their classrooms equipped with new strategies and techniques to educate and engage young learners after attending the “Palmetto Pre-K Jamboree”, a three-day professional development training for the state’s four-year-old teachers from across federal, state and locally-funded Pre-K programs. The training, held June 11-13, was a coordinated…

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Birthing with Purpose: Berkeley County First Steps Finds Success with Pilot Doula & Parenting Support Program

Berkeley County First Steps’ pilot “Birthing With Purpose” doula and parenting support program just reached two significant milestones:  It recently celebrated 18 months in existence and welcomed the second baby born through the program.  The “Birthing With Purpose” Doula program came about after Berkeley County First Steps Executive Director, Adrienne Troy-Frazier saw a need in the county…

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