Palmetto Pre-K

Connecting South Carolina's publicly funded preschool programs 

Palmetto Pre-K is a statewide initiative that connects families of 3- and 4-year-old children with free educational preschool programs in South Carolina, including First Steps 4K, Head Start, public school 4K, and the Child Care Scholarship Program.
The Palmetto Pre-K Portal is a one-stop shop for finding free educational preschool programs in South Carolina. At, families can check their eligibility and search for programs by zip code to see available options at a glance.

Palmetto Pre-K Jamboree
The Palmetto Pre-K Jamboree is South Carolina's leading professional development event for preschool professionals, coordinated by leaders from South Carolina First Steps, the SC Department of Education, the Department of Social Services, and the SC Head Start Collaboration Office. Held twice a year, the conference promotes excellence across the state's early education system. Find information about the upcoming Spring 2024 Palmetto Pre-K Jamboree.

Shareable Palmetto Pre-K Resources

Palmetto Pre-K Flyer

Palmetto Pre-K flyer (Spanish)

Palmetto Pre-K Poster

Palmetto Pre-K Bookmark in English and Spanish

Palmetto Pre-K radio spots (English and Spanish)

Palmetto Pre-K video spots (English and Spanish)

Palmetto Pre-K logo - The Palmetto Pre-K logo can be added to a website as a reference for parents. (link to

Palmetto Pre-K Partner Agencies:

Palmetto Pre-K is supported by the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative (PDG B-5), from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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