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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.

Orangeburg County First Steps helps families through Parents as Teachers: Namrata and Veer’s story

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Namarta and Veer's story is the first in blog series by AmeriCorps VISTA Michelle Maxberry. As part of her year of full-time service at Ƶ, Michelle will be gathering and sharing stories of young children, families, and communities served by local First Steps nonprofits across the state.

The joy and benefits of babies in the office

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Our "infants in the workplace" policy benefits our staff and families, boosts team morale, and supports healthy childhood development.

First Steps is here: Nurturing Parenting, strengthening communities

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A group Dillon County dads are determined to make a positive contribution to their community.

First Steps is here: Enhancing the quality of home-based child care

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Opening a child care center is challenging, but Quality Enhancement services provide much needed support.

First Steps is here: Supporting parents as their children's first and most important teachers

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When caregivers realize the important roles they play, they can do simple things to help their little ones develop key skills.

First Steps is here: Helping families create stable, nurturing homes for their children

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In cases of suspected child abuse or neglect, the hope is that families get the support they need so that their children can remain safely in their homes.

Supporting children and families where they are: How First Steps is addressing rising maternal and infant mortality rates

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In response to the rising rates of maternal and infant mortality, Ƶ is committed to supporting children and families where they are and working collaboratively to ensure that all families thrive.