Apply now to become an Early Head Start provider


South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness is now accepting applications from center-based preschool providers in 11 SC counties to become First Steps Early Head Start providers. This opportunity is open to regulated preschool providers in the following counties: Allendale, Anderson, Bamberg, Berkeley, Dillon, Fairfield, Georgetown, Lexington, McCormick, Orangeburg and York. 

Providers will be competitively chosen via a two part application process, including both a written application and site visits. Application materials can be found below and must be returned to South Carolina First Steps by 5pm on Friday, June 9, 2017. For more information about the Early Head Start program, please contact Rebecca Brown at rebrown@scfirststeps.org or 803-734-3296.

May 19 Webinar Slides

Early Head Start Expansion Provider Application

Provider Scoring Rubric

Head Start Performance Standards

Questions and Answers from the May 19, 2017 Bidders’ Call/Webinar


We serve families with children 6 weeks to 36 months of age in the following areas:  Allendale, Anderson, Bamberg, Berkeley, Dillon, Georgetown, Laurens, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Saluda and York.  For those who qualify, free, year round comprehensive child development programs will be provided to you and your family.

CENTER-BASED SERVICES INCLUDE:  • Qualified Early Childhood teachers provide a nurturing environment. • Creative Curriculum is used in the classroom where the teacher to child ratio is 1:4. • Convenient locations in selected neighborhoods. • Ongoing support, referrals, and resources to assist families in reaching self-sufficiency. ABC Vouchers are accepted.We encourage families of children with special needs to apply!

The enrollment process is simple.

Requirements for enrollment:
• Completed application
• Proof of age/child’s birth certificate
• Proof of residency in one of the twelve 12  eligible counties
• Proof of income/assistance – previous 12 months: (one of the following) – W2 – 1040 – Unemployment verification – TANF/AFDC Printout – SSI Verification. If accepted, additional documents will be required.

To receive a student application/interview, contact  the family advocate in your county below.

Denedra Brown, Family Advocate – Newberry/York     803-521-1289   dbrown@scfirststeps.org

Sherell Cue, Family Advocate – Berkeley 803-960-1227     scue@scfirststeps.org

Tenesha Dickerson, Family Advocate – Laurens/Anderson     803-920-0257   tdickerson@scfirststeps.org

Zee Loftus, Family Advocate – Dillon/Orangeburg     803-920-0931     zloftus@scfirststeps.org

Tenille Salliewhite, Family Advocate – Laurens/Allendale     864-938-2161    tsalliewhite@scfirststeps.org

Ayesha Smith, Family Advocate – Georgetown     843-325-4548     asmith@scfirststeps.org

Donna Thompson, Family Advocate – Saluda/Lexington     803-542-1967     dthompson@scfirststeps.org

Clarissa Zimmerman, Family Advocate – Allendale/Bamberg   803-760-0693  czimmerman@scfirststeps.org