Spartanburg County Early Head Start

"Every child in Spartanburg County will enter school ready to succeed!"

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

Enrollment

First Steps Early Head Start

Every family is assigned a Family Service Specialist who will provide case management, parenting education, support for family goal achievement and referrals to needed resources in the community. The Family Service Specialist will remain with the family for the entire time they are in the program. All children will receive early childhood education activities utilizing a high quality developmental curriculum model. Children will also receive ongoing developmental screenings and assessments to monitor their progress and needs. All families are encouraged to participate in a positive goal oriented relationship with EHS Staff.

Program Options

Give your child an early head start with a variety of different program options.

  • Services to Pregnant Women
  • Center-Based
  • Home-Based

Policy Council

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Mission

What We Stand For

“Spartanburg County First Steps will be the engine to drive collaboration, partnership, effective resource utilization and funding to prepare children to be ready for school.”

A Word

From Our Early Head Start Director

“It is a privilege to partner with families to provide Early Head Start services.  The first three years of a child’s life are the most important of his/her’s lifetime and Early Head Start is able to provide support, positive learning experiences and education to families during this time.  Parents are recognized as the first and most important Teacher for their child.  Please consider enrolling in our program and/or serving as a volunteer!  SCFS EHS is committed to providing families and their children an early head start for future success!”

– Jeri Ross Hayes

Calendar

Our Upcoming Curricular Events & Activities

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December

Socialization – Rockin’ Babies

10:00 am
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December

Socialization – Rockin’ Babies 

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Our Programs

Expectations for Program Participation

Children are enrolled in the program option that best meets the family’s needs. If a family’s needs change and/or the family no longer meets the criteria for a center or for home-based servics, families are offered a transfer to another program option or a transition from the EHS program.

EHS Centers
  • Provide free quality child development services in 8 child care centers
  • Provide breakfast, lunch, snack, and formula, as well as diapers & wipes used during the day at no cost to parents
  • Promote continuity of care by having mixed-aged classrooms where children (including sibling groups) will remain with the same teacher
  • Provide two home visits and two parent-teacher conferences each year. Parents may also request additional visits/meetings with teachers and Family Service Specialists as needed
CCP Centers
  • Provide free quality child development services in 5 child care centers. Parents are charged a $10.00 weekly co-pay for each of their children who attend the center (co-pay may change if child has a voucher)
  • Provide breakfast, lunch, snack, and formula, as well as diapers & wipes used during the day at no cost to parents
  • Promote continuity of care by having mixed-aged classrooms where children (including sibling groups) will remain with the same teacher
  • Provide two home visits and two parent-teacher conferences each year. Parents may also request additional visits/meetings with teachers and Family Service Specialists as needed
HB Options
  • Engage families to participate in activities promoting positive parent-child interactions
  • Offer socialization activities
  • Offer a home schooling approach to enable parents to be active in their child’s learning
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Blog

What’s New

 

Congratulations!

Congratulations!

We are proud of our staff members Sharon Oglesby and Brienna Leamon for their recent graduations! They both completed their Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Family Studies from Southern Wesleyan University.

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Nutrition & Healthy Eating Tips

Nutrition & Healthy Eating Tips

Encouraging Food Choices for a Healthy Diet Be Patient Young children may not be interested in trying new foods. Offer new foods more than once. It sometimes takes up to ten tries before a child will like a new food. Be a Planner Most children need a snack or two in...

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Transitions

Transitions

The Seven C's of Communication Clear: Be clear about your goal or message Concise: Stick to the point and keep the conversation brief Concrete: Make sure whom you are speaking to has a clear picture of what you are telling them Correct: Make sure what you are saying...

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Get In Touch

Location: 900 South Pine St. Spartanburg, SC 29302

Telephone: (864) 327-4900

Email: 1steps@1steps.org

Office Hours: M-F: 8:30am – 5pm

Agency Policies

Please click here to review our Agency Policies on Confidentiality, Non-Discriminatory, and Child Abuse & Neglect Policies.

 

Spartanburg County First Steps
900 South Pine St.
Suite C
Spartanburg, SC 29307
864-327-4900
1steps_info@1steps.org