South Carolina First Steps to school Readiness (‘First Steps’) is a comprehensive, results-oriented statewide education initiative to help prepare our children to reach first grade healthy and ready to succeed.
Anderson Count First Steps, call 864-222-0410.
Greenville County First Steps, call 864-467-3239.
Oconee County First Steps, call 864-882-3236.
Pickens County First Steps, call 864-654-3000.
Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club provides educational programs for youth designed to help youth develop citizenship and leadership in their communities. Transportation is provided. Programs include, but are not limited to, after school programs, craft skill development, field trips, physical activities and social opportunities.
The Palmetto Youth Orchestra is a modern symphony orchestra, representing most secondary schools throughout the area. PYO is affiliated with Converse College through the Alia Lawson Pre-College Program. Under the guidance of professionals, PYO musicians will culivate an appreciation for the beauty and excitement of the world’s greatest music.
A non-profit community based organization, managed by volunteers. The objective is to provide youth an opportunity to participate in Track and Field activities in an organized and positive environment.
An auditioned community orchestra composed of professional and non-professional musicians, the Carolina Cool Jazz Orchestra strive to educate, entertain and enrich people’s lives through Contemporary, World and Jazz oriented music.
Junior Achievement educates and inspires young people through the understanding of business and economics. Junior Achievement teaches youth about business, the economy and the enterprise system in America.
Four-H is the youth educational phase of the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service. Youth between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in 4-H. To learn more, call Ginger Bowen at (864) 596-2993.
Phillis Wheatley Association
Phillis Wheatley Association provides a comprehensive program designed to meet the educational, health, nutritional and social needs of youth. There is a preschool program for three and four-year-old children from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and an after-school program until 6:00 p.m. for students. Call (864) 235-3411 for more information.
Girl Scouts of the Old 96 Council
Girl Scouts of the Old 96 Council serves over 6,000 girls and 2,000 adults in Abbeville, Anderson, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, and Pickens Counties of South Carolina. Old 96 Council is a part of Girl Scouts of the USA, the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls – all girls – where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like leadership skills, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.
offers a variety of programs for youth, including after-school programs, intramural basketball, and special events.
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU) is 80,000 square feet of fun making it the 7th largest children’s museum in the country and the 10th largest in the world. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Greenville on the cultural campus of Heritage Green, it’s close to all the action and offers ample parking. Visitors experience 18 exhibit galleries with more than 100 individual exhibit components that offer a continuum of programming in the areas of arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition and the environment. There’s also a traveling exhibit hall, two outdoor interactive exhibit spaces and an outdoor programming space. Kids and adults can simulate flight into space, design their own Formula 1 race car, go shopping in the BiLo Market or even make their own TV Broadcast! Whatever your age, The Children’s Museum is a place of possibility to explore, discover, imagine and pretend. “I Can be Anything!” is their motto and you’ll agree when you walk through the doors of this hands on, interactive museum. TCMU is committed to serving the needs and interests of all children by providing experiences that spark a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play.
Open Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm (Closed Mondays during the school year). Admission: $9 child, $10 adult, under 2 free. 300 College Street, Greenville, SC 29601.
Celebrating its 22nd season, South Carolina Children’s Theatre combines local talent and the magic of the stage to provide the finest family entertainment and live theatre experience to the Upstate community. Sit back, relax and let our totally professionally and delightfully immature casts entertain you with everything from beloved musicals such as ANNIE to classic holiday fun with shows like A CHRISTMAS STORY. Experience one or all of SCCT’s five main stage productions at the Peace Center’s Gunter Theatre, a state-of-the-art performance venue, conveniently located in beautiful downtown Greenville. See you at the show!
The orchestra’s approximately 100 members represent many of the high schools in the district, as we as other public and private schools from across South Carolina’s Upstate.