Cherokee County First Steps - SC First Steps

Cherokee County First Steps

About Cherokee County First Steps

Cherokee 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 Cherokee County.

Cherokee 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.

Dorothy Priester

Executive Director

Dr. Arthur Brewton, Board Chair



Street Address 1612 N. Limestone Street Gaffney, SC 29340
Mailing Address P.O. Box 23 Gaffney, SC 29342
Phone: 864-487-9466



Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

One book per month mailed to the home



LENA Home uses innovative technology to assess a family's home language environment and boost positive interactions between parents and children ages 0-3.

Early Care & Education

Training and Professional Development

Certified and registered training hours for the early childhood workforce


Triple P (Positive Parenting Program)

One of the world's most-trusted parenting programs, Triple P is used in 30 countries around the world.

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.

Also available in Cherokee County:

Early Care & Education

First Steps 4K

First Steps 4K offers free, full-day four-year-old kindergarten to qualifying children in South Carolina. We partner with more than 270 licensed child care centers and private schools across the state, making it easy for families to find a high-quality program that meets their needs.