“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

What We Do

Our Programs

Quality Counts

Quality Counts is an initiative that supports continuous quality improvement in early care and eduation programs with the goal that ALL children will arrive at school prepared for kindergarten success.
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Early Head Start

Spartanburg County First Steps facilitates community collaborations, partnerships, effective resource utilization and funding to promote school-readiness and family well being.
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Hello Family

Hello Family seeks to improve outcomes for young children in Spartanburg and their families by providing a continuum of resources and support for all children from prenatal care through age five.
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The Franklin School

The Franklin School is a community collaborative model child development center with a curriculum built to enhance early learning through discovery.
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Nurse-Family Partnership

The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) of Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union Counties has a very simple, over-arching goal: helping first-time parents succeed.
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What Drives Us

Our Mission

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.

Get Involved

Spartanburg County First Steps works with local businesses, nonprofits, churches, and schools to help all children enter school ready to thrive. This means we support events throughout the year in support of school readiness and the importance of a quality early childhood. If you would like to join us at one or more of these events, let us know by clicking here.

Upcoming Events

Our Impact


Child Care

Providers Served


Number of children and adults served by Spartanburg County First Steps in 2019-2020

For more information about our impact on Spartanburg County check out our Annual Report.


Number of children 0-5
enrolled in provider classrooms

Donate Today

The prosperity of Spartanburg County depends on our ability to support quality early education for future generations. Help a child enter school ready to learn and grow!

A donation today is a step toward a healthier, smarter, and stronger community tomorrow.



The Franklin School Fall Festival

The Franklin School Fall Festival

The Franklin School was thrilled to partner with USC-Upstate again this year for an amazing Fall Festival. Students and their families enjoyed games, treats, train rides and face painting. The petting zoo was an absolute hit with the children. Click below to check out...

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First 5 South Carolina

First 5 South Carolina

Families deserve a responsive one-stop portal to learn about public programs and services to help with their child’s growth and development.  First Five connects South Carolina’s public services for young children in an easy-to-use website.  Click here to find the...

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Quality Counts 10 Year Anniversary

Quality Counts 10 Year Anniversary

On Tuesday evening, April 26th, Spartanburg County First Steps Quality Counts held a Ten-Year Celebration at the Cleveland Park Event Center.  More than 180 came together to celebrate this milestone, including early care and education directors and teachers, community...

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Our Approach

High Quality programs and services for children and families.

Intensive training, resources, and support for childcare providers

Strategic Partnerships and community education

Spartanburg County First Steps
900 South Pine St.
Suite C
Spartanburg, SC 29307