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Supporting the Family: Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an internationally-recognized organization that started in Missouri in the early 1980s to get children ready for school and increase parental awareness of their role in being their child’s first teacher.  Since its inception, PAT’s objective has been to build strong communities, thriving families, and children that are healthy, safe and ready to learn by…

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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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SC First Steps Launches NEW “Infants in the Workplace” Policy

Financial website WalletHub recently released its list of best and worst states for working moms, and South Carolina landed near the bottom of the list—ranking 49 among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Palmetto state earned this ranking due to its lack of job opportunities in rural areas, a gender wage gap…

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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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