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.
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.
The Blueprint for SC’s Children (January 2004)
Ensure limited resources for SC’s children are dedicated to services whose impact on readiness is well-documented in research
Strengthen focus on student outcomes, data, and research
Build more rigorous collaborations among ALL school readiness partners to leverage existing resources and strengthen systemic improvements which benefit all SC children
Ensure decisions are made with key stakeholders in a timely, data-driven manner to assure quality services to children
South Carolina First Steps at 10 1999-2009 SCFS Board of Trustees June 18, 2009