“For children who are at risk, the gap between their performance and the performance of children who are not at risk begins to appear as early as 18 months of age on standardized tests.”

  -Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff

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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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Family Friday

Family Friday

The week of the young child Family Friday highlights the importance of families in a child’s life. Families play a huge role as they are their child’s first teacher! We celebrate families and partner with them in supporting the well-being and development of their...

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Artsy Thursday

Artsy Thursday

Think, problem solve, create! Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday celebrate the joy and learning children...

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Tasty Tuesday

Tasty Tuesday

If You Give a Dog a Donut - Donut Apple Slice Recipe Here's a fun activity to do with your child! Read If You Give a Dog a Donut and then make these tasty donut apple slices together. Ingredients: Apples Suggested "frosting": chocolate-hazelnut spread, peanut butter,...

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Music Monday!

Music Monday!

Music is a universal form of communication for all generations, cultures, and ages.  Music supports all areas of young children’s development and provides a nurturing learning environment.  The following are benefits for integrating music and early childhood...

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Week of the Young Child 2022

Week of the Young Child 2022

We are Ready for the 2022 Week of the Young Child! We can't wait to celebrate the 51st nationally recognized Week of the Young Child, April 2 - April 8! The purpose of the WOYC is to develop public awareness around the needs of young children and their families and to...

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#ChildCareLet’sMeWork

#ChildCareLet’sMeWork

We are in an unprecedented time of focus on child care. The pandemic revealed significant flaws in the child care system, and remedies including a substantial financial investment are currently being discussed. Every Congressional representative needs to understand...

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