For Families Archives - Richland County First Steps to School Readiness

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

Adjusting To A New Normal

We know that this pandemic is causing many difficulties for families. Uncertainty about the future, making tough decisions about work and health, and trying to keep everything “normal” for the kids is taking its toll on everyone. We’ve put together a list of resources that we hope will assist you as you navigate this unusual […]

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Take the Quiz – SIDS Awareness

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness month. SIDS is defined by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development as sudden death of an infant < 1 year of age, which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation. Though the exact cause of SIDS is unknown, there are steps you can take […]


Free 4K from SC First Steps

South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness is teaming up with child care providers statewide to provide free four year old kindergarten (4K) for the 2018-19 school year to qualifying families. How Richland County Students Can Qualify for Free SC First Steps 4K Your child must: Be 4 years old ON or BEFORE September 1, […]


Early Childhood Reader – January 5, 2018

We’re back with another installment in our very occasional series of early childhood reading suggestions for parents, teachers, and those interested in the world of early care and education. In this edition: the real deal on what it’s like to be a two year old, why kids’ art looks like that, and a set of […]

Hurricane Preparedness: What You Need to Know

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has already been one for the books, with historic impacts in Texas and Louisiana from Hurricane Harvey. As we look ahead to Irma, Jose, Katia, and any other named storms this season, it is important to make sure you are prepared for storm effects. The SC Emergency Management Division has […]

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Take the Quiz: Car Safety in Summer

Each summer we hear the terrible stories in the news about children dying because they were left unattended in a hot vehicle. It is a tragedy that knows no racial, social, or educational boundaries. This month’s health quiz looks at some of the risks and how you can avoid them. Download a copy of this […]