- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina is getting $4 million from the federal government for Early Head Start programs.

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn announced Tuesday that $3 million will go to the South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness program while an additional $1 million is earmarked for Charleston First Steps.

The money comes from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Early Head Start provides child development and support services to low-income infants and toddlers under the age of 3 and their families as well as pregnant women and their families.

Clyburn says such programs offer outstanding opportunities for the state’s low-income children.

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