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Like many others, the staff and volunteers of Richland First Steps are working hard to find the balance of continuing to serve while maintaining appropriate measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus in our community.

Following Governor Henry McMaster’s announcement that all K-12 public schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, Richland First Steps will continue to limit services:

  • All Early Head classrooms will be closed
  • All Early Head Start home-based visits will be suspended
  • All home visits in the Lower Richland area will be suspended
  • All technical assistance visits to child care centers and trainings will be suspended

Our office is closed. Staff, however, are working a limited schedule from home and are available to serve the community. Please see our staff directory for direct contact information.

Our organization’s leaders are closely monitoring public health data and recommendations from the CDC while developing plans for moving forward into the weeks and months ahead when services can be delivered in a way that protects our staff and our community.

This is a rapidly changing situation and we will keep families and child care providers up to date on our efforts to help slow the spread of this illness.

If you need more information about the novel coronavirus 19 and the state of South Carolina’s response to it, please visit

Looking for information on ways to make staying home with kids less difficult? See our post on Adjusting To A New Normal.

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