Charleston County First Steps

Our mission is to ensure that all Charleston County children are healthy and ready for kindergarten.

Charleston County First Steps exists to improve school readiness for families with children from birth to 5 years old. First Steps is the only statewide entity solely devoted to increasing school readiness. We are a grassroots partnership identifying public and private community resources and collaborate opportunities, including: business and community leaders, early education professionals, faith-based community and parents of preschool children.

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Fever in newborns and infants 02/28/2024

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Fever in newborns and infants This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Ian Kane about the importance of seeking immediate medical care for newborn babies and infants younger than two months who develop a fever. Dr. Kane is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and a pediatric emergency physician at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Ho...

Photos from Charleston County First Steps's post 02/28/2024

Can’t sleep and wondering what to do with the kids tomorrow? Join us at the Dorchester Road Library for a bilingual story time!


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🌟🎉 This honor the legacy of influential figures like Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel in space! Spark your child's curiosity about space exploration and STEM fields with stories of Dr. Jemison's groundbreaking journey to the stars. It is never too early to inspire the next generation of scientists and dreamers! Mae Among the Stars, written by Roda Ahmed, is a great book for preschoolers and is available at the Charleston County Public Library 📚🚀


Come see us at TOMORROW as we celebrate all things botanical! The buns will be ready for a treat and ear scratches and we'll have some of the gourds we grew last year. We're hoping to meet many busy hands to help us sand them down for crafts and awesomeness later.

Stop by for these other community partner experiences, too!

The Bee Cause Project
Charleston County Public Library
Charleston Horticultural Society
Charleston Parks Conservancy
City of Charleston Composting Program
Facepainting with Renaissance 2 Charleston
The Green Heart Project
Grow With the Flow Homestead
South Carolina Native Plant Society



The TriCounty Play Collaborative is excited to be a part of the 14th annual Teddy Bear Picnic presented by Dominion Energy - Where the Wild Things Are Edition!

This cherished tradition takes on a new theme this year and will be held on Sunday, March 3rd, from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM at Hampton Park.

 Embrace the spirit of the Wild Things by dressing up as your favorite character and get ready to explore, learn, and play with Charleston Parks Conservancy! Make sure to swing by our booth to say hi and check out the fun activities we have planned for the day!

 The event and activities are all free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. This event is rain or shine so make sure to plan accordingly!

Please RSVP to ensure you receive all necessary event information:



Did you know 4 out of 5 car seats are installed incorrectly? We want to help change those stats. We'll have Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians offering free Car Seat Checks at several branches. The next check is on Feb. 24 at the Hurd/St. Andrews Library!

See the Schedule:


🇺🇸✨ Happy Presidents Day! ✨🇺🇸 Our office is closed today. We wish you all a wonderful holiday filled with joy and inspiration! 📜🎩


📚✨ Continue to celebrate with your little ones by diving into the enchanting world of "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats! Did you know it's the first book featuring an African American child to win the Caldecott Medal? Enjoy the last month in winter by snuggling up and sharing this wonderful book! Ask for it at your local branch of the Charleston County Public Library. 📖❤️


📚🎶 Families with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers - Looking for fun and educational activities to do with your young children? 🌟 The South Carolina State Library has an amazing online daily calendar packed with FREE songs, videos, e-books, and more, to help develop your child's early literacy skills and get them ready for school! 🏫💕 Visit to see the activities for today or to order a print calendar!

Parents and Providers: Are you looking for more activities to engage a young child?

The South Carolina State Library offers a day-by-day literacy calendar with free songs, videos, e-books and other resources that refresh every day. These activities help to develop a child's early literacy skills and prepare them for school readiness.

Check it out at


🌟 📣 Exciting Opportunity for Parents, Grandparents and other Kinship Caregivers >>>

NEW OPPORTUNITY: We are seeking applications for our inaugural statewide parent advisory council! 🌟

This council will provide input to Children’s Trust on our prevention programs and services. They will also provide guidance to other communities and statewide initiatives building child and family well-being.

We are looking for a diverse group of parents from across the state, including mothers, fathers, grandparents and other kin caregivers.

Beginning in April 2024, the council will meet remotely monthly, with two in-person meetings.

Participants can expect to form relationships with peer leaders and learn about prevention, community systems, and what makes an effective advocate.

Application closes on February 29, 2024. 🔗 Learn more at!


Happy Valentines Day!

Discover programs and resources that make it easy for your kids to shine.☀️ Because every child deserves a heart full of possibilities!💕 Explore now for a brighter tomorrow.


🚗✨ Make plans now to go to the Car Seat Check event NEXT SATURDAY, February 24, at Hurd/St. Andrews Library off Sam Rittenburg Blvd in West Ashley! Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be on hand to ensure your little one's safety on the road. No registration required! 📅 📍 Can’t make this? CCPL is planning many more at other library locations, see the full schedule at Mark your calendars and spread the word!

Did you know 4 out of 5 car seats are installed incorrectly? We want to help change those stats. We'll have Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians offering free Car Seat Checks at several branches. The next check is on Feb. 24 at the Hurd/St. Andrews Library!

See the Schedule:


🎨🌟 This Black History Month, introduce the little people in your life to the vibrant works of Alma Thomas, the first African American woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Explore colors, shapes, and creativity while celebrating Thomas's groundbreaking legacy! 🖌️🎉 Pictured is her work entitle “A Fantastic Sunset.”


It’s not too late to join! Text or email and meet us at the library Monday!

📚 Do you want to help your child develop a love of reading and learning? Join us for MotherRead/FatherRead, a free program for families of children 0-5 years old.📖❤️
🗓️ This 10-week program starts February 5 and ends April 7.
📍 Location: Keith Summey North Charleston Library.
Spread the word and invite friends. Together, let's build a strong foundation for our children's future success. 🌈✨ For more details, check out this flyer.



Parenting is a journey of love, laughter, and lessons. In the chaos and calm, every moment is a chance to nurture, guide, and cherish. To all the parents out there, your dedication is shaping the world one small, beautiful soul at a time. 💖


>>>PARENTS of children Prenatal-5years: APPLY NOW! >>>CCSD is NOW accepting applications for Pre-K/Child Development, Head Start, and Early Head Start programs for the 2024-2025 school year! 🎉These programs and the application process are FREE! 🍎✏️

CCSD has started accepting applications for Pre-K/Child Development, Head Start, and Early Head Start programs for the 2024-2025 school year. Children who enroll in these programs attend at no cost to the family.

In CCSD Head Start and Early Head Start, children receive services from birth to three years old, and pregnant women receive services through center-based and home-based programs. For Head Start and Early Head Start eligibility, families must meet certain guidelines, and the child must meet specific age requirements.

Learn more:

CCSD’s Pre-K/Child Development programs are designed to develop skills necessary for success in Kindergarten. The curriculum is comprehensive, with a primary focus on language and literacy, numeracy, and social-emotional development.

Learn more:


Happy Black History Month!

February is Black History Month! This month we are excited to feature some incredible artists and educators who appeared on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as guests or regulars and were an essential part of the show’s value to children across decades.

Today we want to celebrate Francois Clemmons, the first Black American to have a recurring role on a children’s television show - he appeared as Officer Clemmons on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for 25 years. We enjoyed this episode of StoryCorp when Clemmons shared his feelings about playing a police officer, and his perspective on the groundbreaking scene in which Officer Clemmons and Mister Rogers cool their feet in a wading pool.

The photographer is Lilo Guest, courtesy of Fred Rogers Productions.


Parents - check out this amazing resource!

Need extra money to feed your family or help paying for child care? First Five SC connects parents of children age 5 and younger to support across the state. You’ll find much more at the First Five SC website, where parents can apply for more than 40 services by filling out one online form: []


Next week, the waitlist for our 2-bedroom apartments at Grace Homes opens, and a variety of 1, 2, and 3-bedroom options will be available at our scattered sites! February 6th to 9th. All applications open at 12 noon and close at 1pm. Info here:


We are proud to offer the PASOs program in Charleston County!

The PASOs Tri-County Team was recently recognized in the Charleston County First Steps (CCFS) newsletter. CCFS writes:

“The CCFS dedication to family well-being includes meeting the specific needs of the Hispanic Community through the work of a well-trained PASOs Community Health Worker (CHW). The training process for this role is comprehensive and carefully designed to ensure that the CHW can implement the program according to SCFS standards. Training begins with understanding how to use the Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), a developmental screening tool designed for early educators and healthcare professionals. This training equips CHWs to identify developmental milestones and potential delays. Additional training includes how to use the Apricot Database to track program outcomes. SC PASOs then provides each new CHW with an in-depth understanding of the history, purpose, and goals of the PASOs program. After being in the field for a few months, CHWs can participate in CHW Certification training, and we are proud to report that our CHW Haydee Melara has started the CHW certification training. Our commitment to this training process not only validates Haydee’s expertise but also ensures that Hispanic families with young children in Charleston County receive effective services.

Berkeley County First Steps PASOs CHW Erla Soto (L) joins our Charleston CHW Haydee Melara (R) at an outreach event. Together with the Dorchester County PASOs CHW, they form a powerful tri-county team that is connecting with local schools and other community partners to provide support to Hispanic families with young children.”

Photos from Charleston County First Steps's post 02/01/2024
Eight by Eight – NBCDI 02/01/2024

Check out this wonderful source of information and inspiration!

Eight by Eight – NBCDI When Black children have sustained access to clean air and water, they are able to develop into strong and healthy adults

Photos from Charleston County First Steps's post 01/31/2024

🎉 🌟 ¡Estamos contentos de anunciarles nuestra nueva asociación con la Biblioteca Dorchester Road, Sucursal de las Bibliotecas Publicas en el Condado de Charleston! ¡Acompáñanos para estos Tiempos Familiares de Cuentos Bilingües en español! 📖🎶 Sumerge a tus pequeños en la magia del doble lenguaje a través de historias encantadoras, canciones animadas y rimas maravillosas tanto en español como en inglés. 🌈🌍 ¡Te esperamos ver ahí! 🤗❤️
🎉 🌟 We are excited to announce a new partnership with the Dorchester Road Library Branch of the Charleston County Public Library! Join us for these upcoming Spanish Bilingual Family Story Times! 📖🎶 Immerse your little ones in the magic of dual language through enchanting stories, lively songs, and delightful rhymes in both Spanish and English. 🌈🌍 We can't wait to see you there! 🤗❤️


Parentese is the high-pitched tone of voice, simple sentences, and stretched out vowels (“hiiii, bayyybeeee!”) that adults automatically tend to use with young babies.

Research has found that babies prefer this type of speech over typical adult speech, perhaps because the exaggerated sounds help them learn the sounds of their home language. It’s important to know that parentese and “baby talk” are very different. Parentese uses actual language and exaggerates it (“look at the dog” might become “Looook! Dogggggy!”).

Baby talk is a combination of nonsense syllables (“goo goo ga ga”) that doesn’t engage babies in the same way, nor offer the same language benefits. The good news is that you don’t have to “learn” parentese since it seems we are hard-wired to talk this way to babies.

More info on building language skills from birth:


🌟💻Virtual training for early childhood educators THIS WEDNESDAY! 🌱💖

🌟 Attention Childcare Providers & Early Childhood Teachers! 🌈
🌱💖Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your skills and create a positive impact on the lives of the little ones you care for! 🌟💻

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