Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a home visiting program designed to build strong communities, thriving families and children who are healthy, safe and ready to succeed.


PAT services include:

  1. Personal visits from a parent educator at least twice monthly
  2. Monthly group connections with other PAT families
  3. Screenings and Assessments to identify developmental concerns
  4. Connections to outside resources that families may need to succeed

Through the successful completion of the Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process, Laurens County First Steps is recognized as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate!

Nurse Family Partnership

Child Care Training

High-quality child care hinges on high-quality professional development that meets the needs of the local child care workforce. Our training programs are certified through the SC Center for Child Care Career Development and includes topics in the areas of nutrition, health and safety, curriculum, child guidance, professional development and program administration. Best practices in training include not only the training itself, but follow-up in the classroom. 

Child Care Scholarships

For many families in Laurens County, the cost of quality childcare is out of reach. Laurens County First Steps’ childcare scholarship program enables low income , at risk families to have a healthy, safe, and consistent daily learning environment for their pre-school children so parents can work and/or attend school. The parents have a $15 per week co-pay and Laurens County First Steps pays the remainder of the weekly fee. Families qualify for childcare scholarships based on their application which documents income and risk factors based on the State Board approved program standards. All scholarship families participate in the Parents as Teachers program, which is evidenced based and part of the national Parents as Teachers home- visiting program. Children must be between birth and 4 years old to receive a scholarship.  When a child reaches age eligibility for 4K, they age out of our scholarship program.

Items needed to go with LCFS Childcare Scholarship Applications:

  1. ID for parent (picture ID — ex. Driver’s License)
  2. Social Security Card for child(ren) and parent
  3. Birth Certificate for child & parent
  4. Medicaid card for child(ren) and parent (if applicable)
  5. SNAP card for family
  6. Copies of paychecks – at least 2 – for all members of the family working
  7. Copies of school enrollment or schedule – if going to school
  8. Immunization Record for child(ren)

Must be able to meet with the parent educator 2-3 times each month for an hour each time.

South Carolina First Steps provides eligible children with free enrollment in full-day four-year-old kindergarten programs. In coordination with First Steps local partnerships and more than 200 private, faith-and community-based preschool providers, First Steps 4K expands access to quality child care across the state.