Education and Information

1st. Steps consistently updates staff members’ education and training in order to continue offering the best care for your developing infant or toddler. Top-quality resources allow us to incorporate new information and best practices while ensuring that we comply with the standards and requirements regulated by the state of South Carolina. Four of our best resources are discussed here.

The South Carolina ABC Child Care Program

This program helps child care schools and centers throughout the state voluntarily improve methods, practices, and safeguards in order to more fully ensure the safety and care management of each child. Visit the website and learn more about this program by visiting External link opens in new tab or or call (800) 763-ABCD.

National Food Service and Management Institute (NFSMI)

Run by the University of Mississippi’s School of Applied Science, the NFSMI conducts research into childhood nutritional needs and the programs that can supply those needs. This program helps us provide your child with the proper nutritional requirements throughout the day. Visit the NFSMI website at for more information.

Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

The CDC is the well-known government agency that supplies information and research about healthy living and disease prevention, including the diseases and illnesses common among children. At 1st. Steps, we are dedicated to strict cleanliness and hygiene enforcement. Visit the CDC website at or call (800) 232-4636.

South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN)

SCDDSN is a valuable resource for South Carolina families with special needs children to get assistance, education, and training. Visit the website at or call (800) 289-7012.