Sign Up for FREE Four-Year-Old Kindergarten!

About First Steps 4K summer programs:

  • Open to rising kindergartners  (age 5 by Sept. 1) and rising 4K students (age 4 by Sept. 1)
  • Classes are in-person, 5 days per week, starting June 1.
  • Many providers offer free extended day options (8 hours).
  • Families can check their eligibility and fill out an application online at Free4KSC.org.

About First Steps 4K 2021-2022 School Year:

  • Open to 4K students (age 4 by Sept. 1)
  • Classes are in-person, 5 days per week, starting August 16.
  • Many providers offer free extended day options (8 hours).
  • Families can check their eligibility and fill out an application online at Free4KSC.org.

About First Steps 4K + SIBLINGS:

  • First Steps 4K + SIBLINGS, in partnership with DSS, will extend child care and after-school scholarships through the SC Voucher Program, for up to 52 weeks, to any siblings, age 0-12, of a First Steps 4K enrolled student.
  • For this scholarship program, a sibling is considered any child that lives in the same home as the First Steps 4K enrolled student. 
  • Sibling scholarships can be applied toward enrollment at any licensed child care center or afterschool program that participates in ABC Quality, the state’s voluntary quality rating and improvement system.
  • Families can express their interest in a + SIBLINGS scholarship by completing a First Steps 4K Student Application at Free4KSC.org.

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program

Through SCThrive, this COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program is designed to provide emergency rental assistance to South Carolinians facing financial hardships as a result of the coronavirus crisis — in cooperation with the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority.

Go here to apply now!

Ready – Set – Go

Jasper County First Steps is ready! Ready to engage. Ready to empower. Ready to educate.

Duchette Hylton, Executive Director

The release of the year one Kindergarten Readiness Assessment results for Jasper County has definitely shed a light on the ongoing and critical need for organizations that serve young children to engage, empower and educate. An our efforts must be multi-faceted, targeted, and intentional.

Ready to Engage – We must be ready to engage and convene key stakeholders to address areas of need, such as educators (school district, HeadStart, private child care providers), support agencies (ABC Quality, CCCCD, CCR&R, etc), and business partners (employers of parents) to work toward common objectives.

Ready to Empower – We must empower parents to advocate for the well-being of their children in areas of health, social exposure, and academic readiness. Parents must know that they should have an expectation that systems do not fail their children; and parents must know that they are their children’s first and most important teacher.

Ready to educate – We must take seriously our mandate to get children ready. Ready to learn, ready to grow, ready to thrive in kindergarten and beyond. For every child who enters a formal educational, social service, or community action environment, we must be ready to give that child what they need from us to be able to be assessed as “demonstrating”. Its time for Jasper County to be on the bottom of the state only on a map. But our children must rise to the top.

So we are ready… are you?