900 South Pine St.
Suite C
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Quality Counts enabled me to lead with an understanding of the most relevant practices in early care and education. Quality Counts provides guidance, support, and professional grounding in my efforts to carry out our mission and ministry at St. Matthew’s, which is to attend to the whole child and their family. 

Barbara Coleman

Director, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Preschool

What We Do

Quality Counts

Quality Counts creates high-quality learning environments and promotes best practices for teachers that help prepare our youngest students for success in school and life. By providing targeted professional development, mentorship and coaching, and nationally recognized assessments, it lays the foundation for continuous improvement.

Join Quality Counts

To be eligible for participation programs must:

  • be licensed, registered, or approved
  • be located in Spartanburg County
  • have no pending DSS violations for longer than 3 months
  • have a No Corporal Punishment Policy

Upcoming Events

June 14, 2022

Quality Counts: Intro, Quality, & Teamwork 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Our Impact


Child Care



Children Enrolled in Classrooms Served

For more information about our impact on Spartanburg County check out our
Annual Report.


Birth to Five Classrooms Served

2020 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award Winner



First 5 South Carolina

First 5 South Carolina

Families deserve a responsive one-stop portal to learn about public programs and services to help with their child’s growth and development.  First Five connects South Carolina’s public services for young children in an easy-to-use website.  Click here to find the...

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Quality Counts 10 Year Anniversary

Quality Counts 10 Year Anniversary

On Tuesday evening, April 26th, Spartanburg County First Steps Quality Counts held a Ten-Year Celebration at the Cleveland Park Event Center.  More than 180 came together to celebrate this milestone, including early care and education directors and teachers, community...

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Family Friday

Family Friday

The week of the young child Family Friday highlights the importance of families in a child’s life. Families play a huge role as they are their child’s first teacher! We celebrate families and partner with them in supporting the well-being and development of their...

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Our Approach



Classroom Assessment Scoring System


Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, 3rd Edition

Professional Development

Including authentic learning, emergent literacy practices, and behavior management



Infant/Toddler Environement Rating Scale

Spartanburg County First Steps
900 South Pine St.
Suite C
Spartanburg, SC 29307