The Board approved a two-year grant for Darlington County First Steps program called Countdown to Kindergarten. The program provides in-home education to support learning during summer months for children about to enter kindergarten. That grant is for $16,350 over two years.
Countdown to Kindergarten has three stated goals:
- to increase the successful transition of South Carolina’s most at-risk children into the K-12 school system;
- to increase parent involvement in the early grades (particularly in hard-to-reach communities), when children’s learning is foundational for life success;
- to increase public awareness of the importance of school readiness and provide ways for parents and communities to impact children’s early school success.