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!


Collaborating with other entities, Dorchester County First Steps helps 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.


  • 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

NamePositionBoard Category

Trimeka Johnson

ChairParent of a Child (Birth – 5)

Tracy Jackson

Title One Coordinator

DD4 School Representative

Ronda Simmons

Little Fish Academy

Child Care Director

Teresa KellyParenting CoordinatorDD2 School Representative

Kathy Sanders

Dorchester County Library St. George

Library Appointed

Crystal RouseA. Philip Randolph Institute Greater Charleston Community

Travis Schaffer

Family, Advocacy, Mediation, Intervention Services

Business Community/ Technology

Almarie Scroggins


Faith Based

Lisa Hart

Vice Chair


Sharon Bennett


Health Community Appointed

Elenora Brown

High School Nurse


Trimeka Johnson, DCFS Board Chair

Dorchester County First Steps Staff

Crystal Campbell, Executive Director

Alicia Turner, PAT Program Director

Ariel Taylor, Parent Educator

Sabrina Marshall, Quality Enhancement Specialist and Couch; ABC Voucher Specialist

Courtnee Benjamin, Naturing Parents Program

Maria Michalet, Outreach Coordinator