“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, SC Early Learning Center

Spartanburg County First Steps offers early learning center assistance. Our mission is to focus on every child’s needs while ensuring parents have access to a state-approved educational program. We are able to provide you with the assistance and direction you need to help your child grow. This includes referrals for medical care and even free counseling for those in need.

Give Your Child an Early Head Start

Spartanburg County First Steps is here to give your child an early head start in life. From prenatal development until age 5, your child may receive the advantages our services have to offer. Low-income families depend on us for guidance and partnerships that can place their babies and toddlers in a multitude of programs. These programs are developed to nurture curious minds and develop healthy young bodies. We help your child receive the opportunity for educational programs, as well as health screenings and nutritious meals. We have been providing these services for over 50 years.

Nurse Family Partnership

Spartanburg’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) provides a free service to inexperienced first-time moms. For qualifying individuals, this service provides knowledge on parenting and basic care for your new little one. The program begins during your pregnancy and continues until your child’s second birthday. As part of this program, an NFP-trained nurse, with experience in prenatal care and infant development, will visit your home. This support has been an enormous help to countless first-time parents.

Quality Counts

A program designed to prepare your child for his or her school years, Quality Counts is helping many families in Spartanburg County. These programs focus on early child development from toddlerhood through kindergarten. Qualified caregivers not only provide education, but they also encourage the child’s creativity and wonder. Parents are also encouraged, as they are given the tools to continue their child’s learning process at home.

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