900 South Pine St.
Suite C
Spartanburg, SC 29303


High Quality learning programs ensure that children get the skills and education needed to be successful in life. Investing in the early years produces better health, education, social, and economic outcomes.

Molly Talbot-Metz, MPH

President and CEO, Mary Black Foundation

The evidence is clear.

Early childhood research matters – Quality Counts matters – because a child doesn’t get the option of repeating the first 4 years of his or her life. That means the time to act is now.

40 decades of research indicate best practices in child care and early learning, promoting healthy brain development and the importance of quality learning environments. Quality Counts strives to implement these best practices in participating programs across Spartanburg County to create a stronger, healthier community.


Preparing for the future means investing in our young children today.

Choosing Quality Care

NAEYC: What to Look for in Child Care
Child Care Aware: Choosing Child Care
Quality Counts: Child Care Checklist 

Classroom Best Practices

NAEYC: Developmentally Appropriate Practice

What the Experts Say

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Learn the Signs, Act Early
American Academy of Pediatrics: Information for Parents
Consumer Product Safety Commission

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