Newberry County First Steps - SC First Steps

Newberry County First Steps

About Newberry County First Steps

Newberry 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 Newberry County.

Newberry 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.

Sarah Eargle

Executive Director

Roberta Kinard, Board Chair



Street Address 709 Kendall Road, Suite B102 Newberry, SC 29108
Mailing Address P.O. Box 25 Newberry, SC 29108
Phone: 803-321-1073


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.


Library Based Programs

Library staff visit child care and preschool classrooms providing books, storytelling, and staff training.


Parents as Teachers

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


Reach Out and Read

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

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.

Early Care & Education

Quality Counts

Quality Counts is a community-based child care quality improvement strategy, designed to build and sustain high quality in early care and education programs.

Also available in Newberry 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.


Gain valuable experience and give back to your community through service with First Steps AmeriCorps. Our AmeriCorps members engage directly with families and communities, helping to ensure that all children start school ready to reach their highest potential.