Free kindergarten for eligible 4-year-olds

First Steps 4K offers free, full-day four-year-old kindergarten to qualifying children in South Carolina. We partner with more than 250 licensed child care centers and private schools across the state, making it easy for families to find a high-quality program that meets their needs. Most First Steps 4K centers offer a full day (8 hour) program five days a week. Many operate year-round, continuing through summer. First Steps 4K is publicly funded and curriculum-driven as part of the state’s Child Early Reading Development and Education Program (CERDEP).