Fairfield County First Steps - SC First Steps

Fairfield County First Steps

About Fairfield County First Steps

Fairfield 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 Fairfield County.

Fairfield 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.

Patti Wilkes

Executive Director

Darreyl Davis, Board Chair



Street Address 1136 Kincaid Bridge Road Winnsboro, SC 29180
Mailing Address P.O. Box 215 Winnsboro, SC 29180
Phone: 803-635-1590


Early Care & Education

Child Care Scholarships

Eligible children receive tuition-free enrollment at quality child care centers

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.


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

One book per month mailed to the home


Family Literacy

Adult education for parents of children 0-5 to pursue HS diploma, GED or English language skills


Parents as Teachers

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

Early Care & Education

Quality Enhancement

Intensive support to child care centers, Head Start and preschool classrooms to improve quality

Early Care & Education

Training and Professional Development

Certified and registered training hours for the early childhood workforce


Family Café

Parent discussion groups that support one another and recognize each other as leaders.