Abbeville County First Steps - SC First Steps

Abbeville County First Steps

About Abbeville County First Steps

Abbeville County First Steps is a local nonprofit that works collaboratively to ensure that all children start school ready to reach their highest potential. We achieve this goal by engaging families, caregivers, and community partners in high-quality programs and services that improve early childhood development, from before birth through age five. We also serve as a connector and convener of all early childhood stakeholders in Abbeville County.

Abbeville County First Steps is a local partnership of South Carolina First Steps, the state’s dedicated early childhood initiative. As with each local partnership, we operate as an independent nonprofit with a local board and staff. Because our community has unique needs and resources, we tailor our offerings to best meet the needs of local families.

Rebecca Lyman

Executive Director

Lou Paradis, Board Chair



Street Address 394 Hwy 28 Bypass Abbeville, SC 29620
Phone: 864-366-0656

Early Care & Education

Training and Professional Development

Certified and registered training hours for the early childhood workforce


Parents as Teachers

Home visitation and group support for families, before birth and through age five.


Raising a Reader

Raising a Reader operates in 3,000 locations across the nation.

School Transition

Countdown to Kindergarten

Countdown to Kindergarten supports transitions into kindergarten by connecting incoming students, their families, and their teachers in a series of one-on-one sessions during the summer.


Nurturing Parenting

Group support with optional models of home visitation and fatherhood