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HIPPY – A Free Program for Parents of 4-Year-Olds

Richland First Steps is offering the free Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program to parents of 4-year-olds in Richland County. The program is a parent involvement, school readiness program that helps parents prepare their children for lifelong accomplishments in school and beyond. HIPPY offers one-on-one teaching and coaching for parents on how […]


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 […]

It’s Pre-K Registration Time!

Parents in Richland County have options when it comes to finding a great public Pre-K program for their four year olds. Public School 4K Richland County school districts offer a range of child development and pre-kindergarten programs, many of them free for families. Program availability and registration requirements vary by district. Click the school district […]


Governor Announces $5M in New First Steps 4K Funding

South Carolina First Steps Executive Director Georgia Mjartan joined Governor Henry McMaster today in Columbia as he announced a $5.0 million expansion of First Steps 4K as part of a $19.9 million education and workforce training investment in the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund*. The grants will be distributed between the Department of Social […]

SC Offers COVID-19 Child Care Assistance for Parents

A limited number of child care vouchers to be used at ABC Quality programs are available for parents who are working or in school and who meet income requirements. In order to qualify, you must be currently working at least 15 hours a week or attending school or training, and your family’s gross income must […]