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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SC First Steps invests over $1 million to support families with young children during the COVID-19 crisis

Mother smiles at toddler daughter as they sit together on a leather sofa.

Funds will deploy 19 AmeriCorps national service members; address growing need among SC parents and caregivers for resources and support South Carolina First Steps has awarded over $850,000 in grants and invested an additional $190,000 in support for an AmeriCorps service program to meet the needs of young children and families in South Carolina. Awarded…

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Coronavirus Resources

Illustration of a fox wearing a blue t-shirt, green shorts, red shoes and a cloth face mask. He is holding a blue ball under one arm and giving a thumb's up with the other.

South Carolina First Steps continues to monitor information and updates from the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Office of the Governor about COVID-19. This page contains resources relevant to our state’s providers of child care and early childhood services. Resources for parents and…

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