Charleston County First Steps is driven by a single goal: to ensure that ALL Charleston County children are healthy and ready for kindergarten. Since our inception in 1999, we have helped thousands of children prepare for school through programs that provide early intervention, strengthen families, improve children’s health and well-being, and increase the quality of early care and education. Each South Carolina county is home to a First Steps Partnership responsible for meeting local needs and identifying collaborative opportunities to help our state’s youngest learners. Charleston County First Steps is proud to be a part of the state’s comprehensive early childhood education initiative.

About Us

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Learn about our values, mission, and meet our Board of Directors and Staff.


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Learn about Charleston County First Steps programs that make a difference for families with young children.


Annual Report

Review Charleston County First Steps Annual Reports, find child care provider resources, and discover family fun ideas.

Featured Program of the Month: PAT SCPV

The Parents As Teachers Supporting Care Providers through Visits program (SCPV) supports Family Child Care Home providers with research- and evidence-informed information to encourage developmentally appropriate practices

Professional Development Opportunity

The program that my childcare provider uses has gotten my daughter very excited about The program has been a great addition to our program.  Since starting the program it has been a great benefit and asset.  The children are really enjoying the books and activities for each month.  When storytime occurs, they become really anxious and eager to learn.  Also, the learning toys encourage skill building in a fun way that makes learning enjoyable.  It promotes learning in a fun and healthy way.  Without this program I would have not otherwise been able to afford teaching them in this way. Thank you for the support that you have given to my childcare program and myself.

Mrs. Quintella Roper, Director of God’s Little Blessings

This program has helped me and my kids a lot!!! The kids enjoyed meeting with our advocate Ms. DeLisa every week and so did I!! During our meetings we discussed goals and she truly encouraged me to go back to school and finish my degree and even start a homeownership program. This program actually gives you the drive, motivation, and resources to help you and the kids!!! It was a pleasure to be a part of a wonderful program!! 

Ms. Mack, Parent

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