First Steps Programs
Child Care Quality Enhancement

For infant, toddlers and preschoolers, the quality of care they receive is critical to their healthy development and eventual readiness for school.  First Steps offers the resources that are commonly available to publicly funded early childhood programs, such as educational materials, on-site professional development, and other support.  

First Steps' Child Care Quality Enhancement (QE) produces measurable improvements in the quality of care provided to young children.  Each child in our affiliated centers receives FREE individual developmental assessments.  Participating child care providers are selected through a competitive process that requires a strong level of commitment to QE.

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Childcare Training & Development 

Our efforts to improve the quality of child care includes affordable, high quality training to meet the needs of the local child care workforce.  We offer these services for FREE.  

First Steps sponsored training is certified through the SC Ceter for Child Care Career Development and includes topics in the areas of nutrition, health & safety, curriculum, child growth & developement and program administration.  Best practices taught in trainings receive follow-up support in the classroom by certified Technical Assistants. 

All Center staff receive additional training and development at Directors Forums.  


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Parents As Teachers
Home Visitation Model

The Parents as Teachers model and the Early Head Start Home-based Option model (a collaboration with the Charleston County School District), are both evidence-based early childhood home visitation frameworks that focus on families with children prenatal through 3 years old. Home visits are conducted weekly by certified Parent Educators and are designed to meet the needs of low income families. 

Program Components:
  • Personal parent/child visits using PAT curricula 
  • Group Connections
  • Health & Development Screenings
  • Resource & Referral Network
  • Parent/Child Assessments

Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership

The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) program is a federally funded grant that works to provide Early Head Start services to private child development centers by creating stable, long-term, high quality childcare for children ages 0-36 months and families with ABC Vouchers.  

Program Components:
  • Children receive a full-day program focusing on literacy with a research-based curriculum
  • On-going assessments to monitors the children's progress
  • Family support in the areas of health, education and employment
  • Training and coaching for teachers

Charleston County First Steps
4975 LaCross Road
Ste. 100             
N. Charleston, SC 29406    
PHONE: (843) 745-0237
FAX: (843) 745-0895


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Raising a Reader 

CCFS partners with a national literacy organization, Raising A Reader, to offer an evidence based early literacy and parent engagement program that works to improve the reading readiness skills of young children. 

The program’s mission is to engage caregivers in 
a routine of book sharing with their children to 
foster healthy brain development, healthy 
relationships, a love of reading, and the language 
and literacy skills critical for school success.