Early Education

Private-public partnerships through First Steps 4K have led to significant cost efficiencies in the delivery of publicly funded 4K. One recent analysis suggests First Steps is achieving comparable results, without the need for costly capital construction, for 80 cents on the dollar.

The Newberry County First Steps Library-Based Program is designed to provide literacy activities for 3-4-year-olds enrolled in a certified preschool program.  These programs include child care centers, private preschools, faith-based preschools, and public schools.  We are especially targeting children who have been identified as at-risk.

One main goal is to instill in children a love of reading and of books.  Another goal is to place in the homes of these children quality children’s literature to encourage reading and together time for the children and adults in the home. 

Each class receives visits twice a month by the Outreach Librarian.  Each child receives eight (8) books to take home to add to his or her personal library.  Children are taught the proper care and handling of books.  Through the reading sessions every two weeks, teachers are trained in storytelling techniques to use in their own reading times.  Books are also given to the classroom to build up their classroom library. 


The Library-Based Program by the Numbers, 2015-2016

Children Served 565
Books Given to Children 3-5 years 4,524