Ten Years Of SC First Steps
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  • 1. South Carolina First Steps at 10 1999-2009 South Carolina First Steps Board of Trustees June 18, 2009
  • 2. SC First Steps: The First Ten Years June 28, 1999-2000 2000-2002 2003 2004 2005 1999 First Steps Enabling Legislation Signed Into Law
    • Formation of State Board of Trustees
    • 46 County Partnerships Convened
    • Level 1 Planning Grants (December 1999)
    • First Steps raises $2M in private pledges
    • First Steps launches T.E.A.C.H. project
    • Level 2 Implementation Grants in all 46 Counties (July 2001)
    • First Steps noted in “Education Week” (January 2002)
    • Blueprint for SC’s Children
    • Board Adopts “At-Risk” Focus
    • Formation of 7 First Steps Regions
    • First Steps Receives $3M SC Lottery Matching Funds
    • Launch of Countdown to Kindergarten (CTK)
    • Child Trends Issues Initial External Evaluation of First Steps, Notes First Steps “ambitious and innovative; engendering a culture of accountability.”
    • CTK Recognized by National Governor’s Association as a Promising Practice
    • Judge Thomas Cooper Rules in Abbeville County School District v. SC
  • 3. SC First Steps: The First Ten Years 2006 2007 2008 2009
    • First Steps Reauthorized Until 2013
    • Child Development Education Pilot Program Launched
    • Passage of Centers of Excellence Expansion Proviso
    • High/Scope Educational Research Foundation Issues 2006 Outcome Evaluation, Notes Need for Intensive Data and Evaluation Focus
    • Board Adopts New Data Policies for Agency
    • Board Adopts Agency Funding Priorities
    • Vision 2013 Strategic Planning Launched
      • Seven Regional Summits
      • State-Local Workgroups
    • Nurse Family Partnership Initiative Expands to Six SC Sites Via Additional Funding from Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation
    • Board Adopts Strategy-Level Renewal Review
    • Board Adopts First Steps Program Standards and Common Outcome Measures
    • First Steps’ Client Data System Overhaul
    • First Steps and Duke Endowment to Launch Nurse Family Partnership in SC
    • Executive Director Leadership Council Appointed
    • Significant Mid-Year Cuts, Partnerships Hold Children’s Budget Summits
    • Anticipated Completion of Vision 2013
    • Anticipated Delivery of High/Scope 2009 Evaluation
    • BOT Pilots Performance Based Partnership Recognitions as Complement to Program Standards
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  • 10. Parenting
    • As a result of First Steps Parenting and
    • Family Strengthening Investments…
    • The parents of more than 4,200 SC preschoolers participated in more than 45,000 First Steps-funded parent education home visits during FY08 alone
    • Both the adult and child participants in First Steps parent education strategies are making measurable progress, with scores on a research-based measure of interactive literacy behaviors increasing by an average of 15% during FY08.
  • 11. Child Care
    • As a result of First Steps Child Care
    • Investments…
    • Child care centers enrolling nearly 10,000 SC preschoolers received more than 6,500 technical assistance visits from First Steps staff during FY08 – with these centers improving their average Environment Rating Scale scores by 17% during this period.
    • First Steps provided training to more than 6,000 SC child care providers during FY08 alone.
    • Nearly 2000 high-risk SC preschoolers accessed high quality child care during FY08 as a result of FS-funded scholarships.
  • 12. The Blueprint for SC’s Children (January 2004)
    • Quality
      • Ensure limited resources for SC’s children are dedicated to services whose impact on readiness is well-documented in research
    • Accountability
      • Strengthen focus on student outcomes, data, and research
    • Collaboration
      • Build more rigorous collaborations among ALL school readiness partners to leverage existing resources and strengthen systemic improvements which benefit all SC children
    • Leadership
      • Ensure decisions are made with key stakeholders in a timely, data-driven manner to assure quality services to children
  • 13. South Carolina First Steps at 10 1999-2009 SCFS Board of Trustees June 18, 2009