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A father’s journey: How First Steps helped Jordan thrive

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When you give to First Steps, you provide dads like Jordan with the tools and resources they need to maximize their strengths and ensuring that children like James and Emily have the best possible start in life.

Four SC school districts join First Five SC to simplify access to early childhood programs

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The statewide platform has earned national recognition for helping families find and enroll in programs and services for children ages 0-5.

Ƶ launches annual Countdown to Kindergarten campaign

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Ƶ today announced the kickoff of Countdown to Kindergarten, an annual initiative focused on preparing young children for success in school.

Ƶ announces leadership transition

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Ƶ, the state's early childhood agency, today announced the resignation of Georgia Mjartan as executive director, effective June 30, 2024. The Board of Trustees has appointed Mark Barnes, the agency's current director of administration, as interim executive director while a national search is conducted to identify a permanent successor.

Early Childhood Advisory Council encourages families to explore preschool options during Palmetto Pre-K Enrollment Day

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This April 4, the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) invites South Carolinians to learn about the state's publicly funded preschool programs by visiting Each year in April, Palmetto Pre-K Enrollment Day focuses attention on the importance of early education in preparing children for school and life success.

Ƶ promotes early literacy, encourages volunteerism as part of “MLK Week of Service”

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In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Ƶ today kicked off a statewide reading event for young children. The kick-off event, held at Edventure Children’s Museum, marks the beginning of the agency’s MLK Week of Service, which is organized annually by the First Steps AmeriCorps program.

Ƶ awards over $760,000 in grants for early childhood innovation and program expansion

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Ƶ has awarded competitive grants totaling $763,270 to expand early childhood programs and services that promote healthy development and prepare children for success in school.

Getting ready for school: Inside a pop-up kindergarten classroom

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This story is part of a blog series by AmeriCorps VISTA Michelle Maxberry. As part of her year of full-time service at Ƶ, Michelle is gathering and sharing stories of young children, families, and communities served by local First Steps nonprofits across the state.

Barnwell County teen mother triumphs with support from First Steps: Rushell’s Story

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Across the state, First Steps offers a range of programs that help families raise children to be healthy, safe, learning, and ready for school. Rushell’s story is a testament to life-changing impact these programs can have, turning challenges into triumphs and forging brighter futures for young families.