“Our mission is to meet the total needs of our children, as well as, the expressed needs of our parents, through comprehensive services, community partnerships and shared decision-making”

HOW WE HELP

Designed to assist children and their families, Spartanburg County First Steps Early Head Start is a comprehensive service program that works in our community in a variety of ways.   We provide:

  • High quality education to promote school readiness
  • Referrals for medical and dental services
  • Resources to promote family self-sufficiency
  • Health and nutrition support and education
  • Developmental screenings and ongoing assessments
  • Promoting inclusion opportunities for children in collaboration with Baby Net
  • Free counseling for children and adults, as needed
  • Full day/full year childcare for working parents and/or student-parents
  • Family goal development via a Family Partnership Agreement

 

More specifically, we meet those who need our help where they are and as they are. That means we’re in homes as well as childcare centers, and we’re working with women before their babies are even born. Click each of the squares below to learn more details about the programs and services we offer.

Center Based Services
  • Children receive child care in a licensed child care center
  • The Creative Curriculum model is utilized to promote child’s learning
  • Each Early Head Start classroom has 8 children and 2 teachers
  • Each Early Head Start classroom has mixed-ages, children ages 0 to 3, and they remain with the same teacher their entire time in the program
  • Children participate in developmental and social-emotional screenings
  • Children participate in ongoing developmental assessments
  • Parents receive support and resources from a Family Service Specialist
  • Monthly Parent Committee meetings
  • Monthly Parent Trainings
Home Based Services
  • Families receive weekly home visits from a Family Service Specialist
  • The Parents As Teachers (PAT) Curriculum model is utilized to promote child’s learning
  • Children participate in developmental and social-emotional screenings
  • Children participate in ongoing developmental assessments
  • Parents receive support and resources from a Family Service Specialist
  • Families participate in Socialization Activities to promote parent/child interactions
  • Monthly Parent Committee meetings
  • Monthly Parent Trainings
Services to Pregnant Women
  • Families participate in home visits from a Family Service Specialist
  • Utilizing the Partners for a Health Baby and Parents As Teachers (PAT) curriculum models to promote parent and child well-being
  • Receiving support and resources from a Family Service Specialist
  • Parents participate in planning for baby’s birth and the transition to home or center-based services
  • Encouraging parents to participate in prenatal and postpartum health, mental health, and nutrition services
  • Monthly Parent Committee meetings
  • Monthly Parent Trainings