Kickoff Events, May 5th

Please join us on May 5th for the launch of the Palmetto Basics, a community wide early learning campaign aimed at equipping parents and caregivers of children ages 0-3 with a simple but effective set of five research-based tools they can use to prepare their kids for high achievement in school. 

Helping us launch the Palmetto Basics will be Ron Ferguson, an MIT-trained economist who has taught at Harvard University since 1983. His research, writing,and consulting over four decades have focused on issues of education and economic development. He is the faculty director of the Achievement Gap Initiative (AGI) at Harvard University and a fellow at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy.
We are excited to offer two different times to learn about Palmetto Basics.

If you live and/or work in Greenville, Spartanburg, or Laurens Counties, please choose the May 5th, 8:00am breakfast event. This event will be held at Thornblade Club in Greer from 8:00-9:30am. If you live and or work in Pickens, Anderson, or Oconee Counties, please choose the May 5th 11:30am lunch event. This event will be held at the Pickens County Career and Technology Center in Liberty, SC from 11:30am-1:00pm.

Click this link to register! 

First Steps to School Readiness Upstate County Partnerships
Organizer of Palmetto Basics Launch

Palmetto Basics is brought to you by Greenville County First Steps, Pickens County First Steps, and Spartanburg County First Steps. 


The Palmetto Basics Campaign has launched!

The Palmetto Basics are five scientifically well-established ways to promote brain development from birth to age three, packaged in a form that every parent, caregiver, family member, friend or citizen can use and share. This type of support for early brain growth is a key to the stimulating start in life that all infants and toddlers deserve. It is the foundation of kindergarten readiness. So encourage your church, your doctor, your employer, and other organizations to promote the Palmetto Basics routinely as a family-support responsibility.

Please register on this site to join the Community. Then watch the videos, download the materials, and help spread the message. Let’s saturate the city! On behalf of the founding organizations, we look forward to an impactful journey together with you to establish the Palmetto Basics as universal childrearing practices beginning from birth.

Yours truly,

Jeff Howard, Chair, the Black Philanthropy Fund

Ron Ferguson, Faculty Director, the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University

Rahn Dorsey, Chief, Boston Mayor’s Education Cabinet

Barry Zuckerman, Past Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center

Jon Abbott, President and CEO, WGBH Public Broadcasting