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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 2020-2021 school year.

To apply, click the provider application link below.

2020-2021 New 4K Provider Application

2019-2020 4K Guidelines

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).

New providers in under-served communities may be eligible for needs-based grant funds of up to $30,000 to support them in overcoming barriers to participation.

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’ 2019-2020 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.

To download a 4K Provider Application, click the link below. 

2020-2021 New 4K Provider Application

Interested in Partnering with Us to Become an Approved Provider?

Please 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.