About Us

Learn about our mission, values, and who we are.  Meet our Board Members, who are crucial to our success, along with the Dorchester County First Steps staff!


Mission

Collaborating with other entities, Dorchester County First Stepshelps families and caregivers in our county prepare their children for school success by maximizing public and private community resources to deliver, enhance and expand high- quality early childhood services.


Values

  • The years of early childhood are a critical window of development during which much of human potential is shaped.
  • Families are the single most important influence on the development of their young children.
  • The work of supporting families and caregivers is a collaborative effort between state and local stakeholders within the public, private and faith sectors.
  • School readiness is the result of a child’s development in many areas, with each contributing to the child’s success.
  • Services must be individualized and adaptable to meet the unique needs of children and families.
  • We value, and demonstrate in our collaborative work and advocacy, diverse perspectives in the development of public policy and programs.
  • To achieve desired results, services must be high-quality and grounded in strong evidence. First Steps operates within a culture of accountability.

Meet the Board

Name Position Board Category

Jennifer Smith

Chair

Library Appointed

Susan Gaston

Vice Chair

School District Representative

Ronda Simmons

Little Fish Academy

Child Care Director

Latisha Wright Berkley County Head Start Early Childhood

Kathy Sanders

Dorchester County Library St. George

Library Appointed

Rhonda Robinson

Title I Coordinator DD4

School District Representative

Travis Schaffer

Family, Advocacy, Mediation, Intervention Services

Business Community/ Technology

Almarie Scroggins

Administrative Assistant New Jerusalem Church

Faith Based

Rebecca Denny

HeadStart

Early Childhood/ Mental Health

Lisa Hart

Director Carolina Teen Center

Community

Sharon Bennett

DHEC

Health Community Appointed

Elenora Brown

High School Nurse

Community

Dorchester County First Steps Staff

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Crystal Campbell, Executive Director
Alicia Turner, PAT Program Director
Kristy Allan, Program Specialist
Ivory Mitchell, Quality Enhancement Director