Become a First Steps 4K Provider
First Steps 4K: Information for Preschool Providers
SC First Steps is now accepting applications from preschool providers interested in participating in the First Steps 4K program during the 2021-2022 school year.
New! Registration is OPEN! First Steps 4K Provider Interest Meetings (Virtual)
Ready to apply? Click the provider application link below.
Providers enrolling eligible children may receive up to $4,600 per child in tuition reimbursement, $574 per child transported, and $1,000 per child in materials/equipment funding ($10,000 limit).
Private providers seeking approval must be center-based, licensed or registered in good standing by the SC Department of Social Services, and meet each requirement detailed in First Steps’ 2020-2021 4K Guidelines (including employment of a qualified teacher, use of a research-based curriculum and regular monitoring by SC First Steps staff).
Eligible children must be four by September 1, and qualify for Medicaid, free/reduced-price school lunches, SNAP/TANF recipient OR be transient, homeless, or in foster care.
Interested in Partnering with Us to Become an Approved Provider?
- Join a First Steps 4K Interest Meeting (Virtual)
- Complete the 2021-2022 New 4K Provider Application. For specific questions, contact Martha Strickland, 4K State Director, at (803) 734-0247 to learn about the SC Child Development Early Reading and Education Program (CERDEP) and partnering with SC First Steps 4K to become an approved provider.