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First Steps 4K

Enroll your child today in FREE 4K.

Help prepare your child for school success and choose First Steps 4K for your four-year-old.  Our statewide network of providers are committed to safe, healthy classrooms and quality learning experiences for every child.

First Steps 4K providers operate in-person, five days a week and offer full-day (8 hours) and summer options.

The enrollment process is simple. To check your eligibility and complete an application, click on the green buttons below.

Enrollment Options:

  • Enroll in the 2021 First Steps 4K summer program (beginning June 1, 2021)
  • Enroll in the 2021-2022 school year (beginning August 16, 2021)

To qualify for the 2021 First Steps 4K Summer Program, your child must:

  • Be 4 or 5 years old on Sept. 1, 2021
  • Be eligible for Medicaid, free- or reduced-price lunch program, SNAP/TANF recipient or be experiencing homelessness, transiency, or in foster care
  • Be a South Carolina Resident

To qualify for the 2021-2022 First Steps 4K school year, your child must:

  • Be 4 years old on Sept. 1, 2021
  • Be eligible for Medicaid, free- or reduced-price lunch program, SNAP/TANF recipient or be experiencing homelessness, transiency, or in foster care
  • Be a South Carolina Resident

 

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For additional information, contact SC First Steps to School Readiness toll-free at (877) 621-0865 or email free4Ksc@scfirststeps.org

Participating programs have the option of 4 different program delivery models:
Option TR: Traditional (180 school days, 6.5 hours daily)
Option ED*: Extended Day (180 school days, 8 hours)
Option TS & SS: (Traditional plus Summer School, 220 days for 6.5 hours)
Option ED & SS: (Extended Day plus Summer School, 220 days for 8 hours)

Permanently established by the SC Read to Succeed Act in 2014, the SC Child Early Reading Development and Education Program (CERDEP) provides full-day four-year-old-kindergarten programs in 64 South Carolina school districts. Centers participating in a PILOT program for 2020-2021 may enroll 4K eligible students from the other 17 districts.  Enrollment is offered at no cost to eligible children.

If you're looking for additional information about preschool programs in South Carolina visit PalmettoPreK.org or click the logo below.