News Archives - Richland County First Steps to School Readiness

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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

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

CEO Joins Hunt Institute Discussion with Top Education Leaders

Richland First Steps CEO Marcia Bacon will join legislative, K-12 and higher education leaders today for a discussion sponsored by The Hunt Institute. Today’s event in the 2020 South Carolina Regional Webinar Series, A Conversation with Legislators and Education Leaders in South Carolina, will be moderated by Patrick Sims, Director of Policy and Research for […]

Officer Nominations for Partnership Board Announced

Please find below the proposed slate of board officers for the Richland County First Steps to School Readiness Partnership Board.  Board officer terms run from July 1, 2020 until June 30, 2021.  Elections will be held on Thursday, May 7 at 8:30 AM via electronic meeting.  Video/Call-in registration information will be available on the agenda […]

Slowing the Spread of Coronavirus

Like many others, the staff and volunteers of Richland First Steps are working hard to find the balance of continuing to serve while maintaining appropriate measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus in our community. Following Governor Henry McMaster’s announcement that all K-12 public schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2020-21 […]

Richland County First Steps Seeks Nominations for Board of Directors

The Richland County First Steps Partnership is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on its Board of Directors.  Nominations may come from anyone in the county and should be forwarded to the Richland County First Steps office (1800 Saint Julian Place, Suite 406, Columbia, SC 29204) by April 6, 2019. Nomination forms may be downloaded […]

Richland First Steps to Close Temporarily to Slow Spread of Coronavirus

Following Governor Henry McMaster’s announcement that all K-12 public schools will be closed beginning Monday until March 31, Richland First Steps will be limiting services until further notice: All Early Head classrooms will be closed All Early Head Start home-based visits will be suspended All home visits in the Lower Richland area will be suspended […]


SC First Steps Releases Annual Report

Yesterday, SC Representative Rita Allison, along with Rep. Jerry Govan and Rep. Raye Felder presented the SC First Steps annual report to the SC General Assembly. The report highlights the impact that county partnerships and First Steps 4K are having statewide – more than 28,000 children received direct services from First Steps last year, and […]