Lancaster County First Steps - SC First Steps

Lancaster County First Steps

About Lancaster County First Steps

Lancaster 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 Lancaster County.

Lancaster 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.

Tomeiko Wright

Executive Director

Paul McKenzie, Board Chair



Street Address 3901 Chester Hwy Lancaster Lancaster, SC 29720
Phone: 803-286-8000


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

Early Care & Education

Early Head Start

Nationally, Early Head Start programs serve over 160,000 children and pregnant women annually.


Incredible Years

12-week group support for parents for their child’s social and emotional development and behavior


Weekend Backpacks

Nutritious food backpacks for low-income preschool children


Parents as Teachers

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

Early Care & Education

Child Care

Providing local families with access to high-quality early care and education.

Early Care & Education

Child Care Scholarships

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

Early Care & Education

Training and Professional Development

Certified and registered training hours for the early childhood workforce

Also available in Lancaster 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.