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DHEC Issues New COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care Providers

On August 23, 2021 the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control issued new interim guidance for child care providers on managing COVID-19 cases. Download a printable copy of this document


TGIFF – Thank Goodness It’s Family Friday!

We’re wrapping up our celebration of the Week of the Young Child with Family Friday and some great ways to connect and focus on family. A child’s family is made up of his first teachers, and every member has something to teach that child as he grows. Breathe, Baby, Breathe Being a preschooler can be […]


Let’s Get Artsy This Thursday

We loooove Artsy Thursday. It’s one of our favorite Week of the Young Child theme days, because art and creativity are super skill builders for young children – they can be a pathway to motor skill development, critical thinking abilities, and social and emotional learning. Nurturing Young Creators: Process Over Product If there was any […]

Work Together Wednesday

We’re at the midpoint of our Week of the Young Child celebrations. Work Together Wednesday is a chance to focus on cooperation and building bonds through shared effort. Whether it’s at home, on a playground, or in a classroom, when children work together with others to achieve a shared goal they develop important social and […]

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Try Something New for Tasty Tuesday

As our celebration of The Week of the Young Child continues, we have some delicious Tasty Tuesday activities for you to enjoy. Families that eat together have kids who are healthier and more successful. The USDA Dietary Guidelines for America are a roadmap to healthy eating. The 2020-2025 guidelines provide guidance for people at all […]

It’s Music Monday!

We’re kicking off our Week of the Young Child celebration with Music Monday and we’ve invited some friends to help us make a joyful noise! We’ve got a virtual concert from some of our favorite musical friends – the BenAnna Band. This duo brings lively, engaging songs that are fun for all ages. Child care […]

Celebrate Week of the Young Child 2021

The Week of the Young Child is an annual observance celebrating the importance of the early years and the wonderful people who care for our youngest community members. The Richland First Steps Excellence in Care and Early Learning (ExCEL) team has prepared some amazing resources for families and caregivers to celebrate each day’s theme: Music […]

Child Care Directors’ Forum Moves Online for 2020

Richland First Steps, in partnership with Lexington County First Steps is hosting the 2020 Child Care Directors’ Forum as a two-part online event on June 24 and June 30. This year’s topic is Developing and Strengthening Early Childhood Educators, presented by Ella Mack, Master Certified Trainer. The event is open to child care center directors […]

Register Now for ExCEL Conference 2020

Registration is now open for participating ExCEL team centers to attend our annual conference, scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 8 AM until 2 PM at the Chavous Conference Center on the campus of Ridgewood Missionary Baptist Church, 5335 Ridgeway Street. PLEASE NOTE: After review by the SC Center for Child Care Career Development, […]

ExCEL Survey 20-21