Since its inception in 1999, First Steps has helped nearly 340,000 of South Carolina’s youngest children and their families get ready for school. As the South Carolina’s only entity focused exclusively on increasing school readiness outcomes for all children, First Steps provides support through five broad strategy areas.

Dorchester County First Steps believes parents play the most visible and essential role in ensuring a child starts school healthy and ready to learn. For many parents in our area, the resources and opportunities to help children get ready aren’t easily accessible — or even available at all. That’s where we come in. Dorchester County First Steps is here to link the most at risk children and families to services that will ensure they do arrive at school healthy and ready to learn. You can learn more about how we are making a difference by clicking on the above strategy areas.