Oconee County First Steps - SC First Steps

Oconee County First Steps

About Oconee County First Steps

Oconee 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 Oconee County.

Oconee 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.

Daby Snipes

Executive Director

Barbara Dyar, Board Chair



Street Address 135 E. Main Street Westminister, S.C. 29693
Mailing Address P.O. Box 1557 Seneca, SC 29679
Phone: 864-985-3342


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


Nurse-Family Partnership

Home visitation for first time mothers, from pregnancy until the child turns two.

Also available in Oconee 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.