Why do we need First Steps?
Nearly 1 in 5 Anderson County children test "not ready" for school.
Nearly 1 in 4 Anderson County children is born to a teenage mother or a mother possessing less than a high school diploma.
Nearly 1 in 10 Anderson County children is born at a weigh less than 5.5 lbs.
Nearly 1 in 13 of Anderson County children under age 6 receive Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits indicating a family income at or below 50% of
the federal poverty definition.