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The Year of the Caregiver

2020 was the year of the caregiver. From hospitals to family homes, caregivers of all kinds have dramatically reorganized their lives to meet the needs of our society’s most vulnerable members.

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Their Future, And Ours: 2019-2020 Annual Report

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted life in many ways for young children and families in South Carolina. Yet early child development has never paused. Even when child care programs were closed and families were isolated at home, the brains of our state’s babies, toddlers, and preschoolers continued to grow and develop in rapid response to…

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Listening to the people we serve

First Steps Executive Director Georgia Mjartan plays a hand-clapping game with a child in a preschool classroom.

As a foster parent, I interacted with “the government” on many occasions. Sometimes the experiences were wonderful, like the time my case worker went out of her way to approve a Christmas visit between our one-year-old foster daughter and her biological father. Other times, the interactions left me feeling disrespected, frustrated, and angry. I wished…

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