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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.  For more information, click the provider application link below.

2020-2021 New 4K Provider Application

4K Provider Brochure

2019-2020 4K Guidelines

For 2020-2021, participating providers will deliver high-quality early education to eligible children residing in the following districts:

Aiken, Abbeville, Allendale, Anderson 2, Anderson 3, Anderson 5, Bamberg 1, Bamberg 2, Barnwell 19, Barnwell 29, Barnwell 45, Berkeley, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon 1, Clarendon 2, Clarendon 3, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon 3, Dillon 4, Dorchester 4, Edgefield, Fairfield, Florence 1, Florence 2, Florence 3, Florence 4, Florence 5, Georgetown, Greenwood 50, Greenwood 51, Greenwood 52, Hampton 1, Hampton 2, Horry, Jasper, Kershaw, Laurens 55, Laurens 56, Lee, Lexington 2, Lexington 3, Lexington 4, Marion, Marlboro, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Orangeburg 3, Orangeburg 4, Orangeburg 5, Richland 1, Saluda, Spartanburg 3, Spartanburg 4, Spartanburg 6, Spartanburg 7, Sumter, Union, Williamsburg and York 1.

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). Providers enrolling eligible children may receive up to $4,510 per child in tuition reimbursement, $574 per child transported, and $1,000 per child in materials/equipment funding ($10,000 limit).

To qualify as a First Steps 4K Provider, your center need not be physically located within the boundaries of an eligible school district. Only students residing in these districts, however, will be eligible to receive tuition reimbursement. 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.

To qualify, children must be four by September 1, reside in an eligible school district and qualify for free- or reduced-price school lunches or Medicaid.

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.