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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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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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