"There are more than 150 centers across the state's 61 school districts," said Martha Strickland, the South Carolina Director of 4K First Steps.

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Columbia, SC (WLTX)- Last session, the General Assembly passed "Read to Succeed" which expanded 4K education throughout South Carolina. More than 2,500 children will be readied for school through one of the First Steps private-public partnerships across the state, that is up from 1,300 last year.

"There are more than 150 centers across the state's 61 school districts," said Martha Strickland, the South Carolina Director of 4K First Steps.

Strickland says education is crucial and Read to Succeed helps prepare children for kindergarten

"My goal is to provide parents and children with the highest quality education that we can in our state," said Strickland.

There are three qualifications children must meet to enroll in 4K First Steps:

AGE ELIGIBLE: Participating children must be 4 years of age on or before Sept. 1.

INCOME ELIGIBLE: Participating children must qualify for the free and reduced-price lunch program (family income is 185% of the federal poverty margin or below) or be Medicaid eligible.

GEOGRAPHICALLY ELIGIBLE: Participating children must reside in one of 51 eligible school districts: Abbeville, Allendale, Anderson 3, Bamberg 1, Bamberg 2, Barnwell 19, Barnwell 29, Barnwell 45, Berkeley, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon 1, Clarendon 2, Clarendon 3, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon 3, Dillon 4, Dorchester 4, Fairfield, Florence 1, Florence 2, Florence 3, Florence 4, Florence 5, Georgetown, Greenwood 51, Hampton 1, Hampton 2, Jasper, Laurens 55, Laurens 56, Lee, Lexington 2, Lexington 3, Lexington 4, Marion, Marlboro, McCormick, Newberry, Orangeburg 3, Orangeburg 4, Orangeburg 5, Richland 1, Saluda, Spartanburg 7, Sumter, Union, or Williamsburg.

School will start on August 18th. For more information Click Here

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