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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.

Parents as Teachers appoints Georgia Mjartan to its board of directors

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Parents as Teachers, the nation’s most replicated home visiting, early childhood development, and parenting education program, has appointed Georgia Mjartan, executive director of Ƶ and the South Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC), to its national Board of Directors where she will serve a three-year term.

Ƶ launches 2023 Countdown to Kindergarten initiative to help prepare children for school

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Ƶ announces the launch of the 2023 Countdown to Kindergarten initiative. With approximately 50,000 children expected to embark on their kindergarten journey this fall in South Carolina's public schools, this statewide effort helps to ensure that every child is ready for success from day one.

Clyburn Early Childhood Center opens in Kershaw

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A new child care center answers a demand for accessible and high-quality early education in Kershaw, Lancaster, and Chesterfield counties.

SC Early Childhood Advisory Council announces common application to streamline early childhood program access

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At first5sc.org, families can now check their child's eligibility for more than 40 programs and, using information they already entered, apply for multiple programs at once.

Ƶ announces additions to Board of Trustees and Early Childhood Advisory Council

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Ƶ has announced the appointment of five new members to its Board of Trustees and the SC Early Childhood Advisory Council.

Ƶ welcomes new members to the Board of Trustees and the Early Childhood Advisory Council

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Two new members have joined the Ƶ Board of Trustees and South Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council.

Ƶ and partners celebrate Countdown to Kindergarten

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To ensure that every child arrives ready to learn, the state’s early childhood agency is partnering with local schools and communities to connect families with vital information and support.