Ten Years Of SC First Steps


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Ten Years Of SC First Steps

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