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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)

Top Ten Benefits - Partner with First Steps 4K

Ready to apply? Click the provider application link below.

2021-2022 New 4K Provider Application

2020-2021 4K Guidelines

2021-2022 First Steps 4K Calendar

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?

  1. Join a First Steps 4K Interest Meeting (Virtual)
  2. 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.