900 South Pine St.
Spartanburg, SC 29302

As COVID-19 cases continue to emerge across South Carolina and the United States, we are taking the matter to heart. The health and well-being of our staff, our loved ones, our centers, and the children and families we serve are our highest priorities, and we want to keep you informed about the precautions we are taking during this time. In light of federal and state guidelines and recommendations we have made the decision for First Steps staff to work remotely beginning March 18th. While working remotely First Steps staff will still be available to offer support through emails, phone calls, and texts. For other specific information please go directly to the Early Head Start, Quality Counts, and The Franklin School websites. Please contact your child’s program directly for operation clarification. We must all do our part to minimize the spreading of COVID-19.

Wishing you all well,

Barbara Manoski, Executive Director           Sara Love, Board of Directors Chair

“The best evidence suggests that learning begets learning, that early investments in learning are effective. As a society, we cannot afford to postpone investing in children until they become adults, nor can we wait until they reach school age—a time when it may be too late to intervene.”

James J. Heckman, Ph.D. and Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences | Professor of Economics and Director, Center for the Economics of Human Development, University of Chicago

Spartanburg County First Steps mission is to help all young children in our county arrive at school ready to learn and prepared for success.   To accomplish that we:

  • Support evidenced-based programs that are designed to strengthen families and support children’s growth and development during the first 5 years of life.

  • Build trusting relationships with early learning centers using a model of continuous improvement that helps to build and sustain high-quality learning environments.

  • Collaborate with community partners to maximize our efforts and to increase our impact positively on school readiness.

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