Laurens County First Steps - SC First Steps

Laurens County First Steps

About Laurens County First Steps

Laurens 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 Laurens County.

Laurens 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.

Toni Able, GCDF

Executive Director

Kena Cox, Board Chair



Street Address 1029 West Main Street Laurens, SC 29360
Mailing Address 301 Hillcrest Drive Laurens, SC 29360
Phone: 864-984-8130


Early Care & Education

Child Care Scholarships

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


Parents as Teachers

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

Early Care & Education

Training and Professional Development

Certified and registered training hours for the early childhood workforce


Reach Out and Read

Books and information on reading books to children provided during well-child visits


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

One book per month mailed to the home

Also available in Laurens 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.