The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted life in many ways for young children and families in South Carolina. Yet early child development has never paused. Even when child care programs were closed and families were isolated at home, the brains of our state’s babies, toddlers, and preschoolers continued to grow and develop in rapid response to the world around them. Their experiences during this crisis – whether nurturing or stressful – will have a lasting impact on their learning, behavior, and health.
Our state’s efforts to ensure that every child has the chance to reach their highest potential have never been more critical. In 2019-2020 and throughout this crisis, South Carolina First Steps has done its part by assuring continuity of quality early childhood programs and services, while focusing much-needed attention on the challenges facing young children, families, and caregivers of all kinds.
Our mission is a collaborative endeavor, and our accomplishments are shared with state leaders, funders, partners, and families. Working together, we can realize a future in which every child is healthy, well-cared for, learning, and ready for success – a brighter future for us all.