SAM has provided the table around which efforts to expand quality in 4K instruction have been discussed, debated, planned and formed, and monitored on behalf of Spartanburg County children. A fourth year of funding, expanding the reach of the proven Quality Counts initiative in Spartanburg County, is the highlight of this Spartanburg Herald Journal Article. Staff member Beth Thompson, Director of Continuous Improvement, has worked with County school districts in framing and presenting the grant requests and progress monitoring of the expansion. “All of the scientific research tells us that those birth-to-5 years are scientifically critical to their future success because of the amount of brain development happening during that time. Every moment we have with young children is critical,” Beth is quoted as saying in the article.