Our Mission

Through community collaboration, Kershaw County First Steps will provide access to resources and support for families, enabling children to enter school ready to learn.

Our Vision

Every Kershaw County child will be prepared for success in school

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Kershaw County First Steps Child Care Training program is to enhance the child care staff’s knowledge of children’s growth and development, curriculum, guidance and program administration.  KCFS will provide certified training in the DSS required areas.  Enhancing the child care staff’s core knowledge will create a quality enhanced environment for the children in their care.

What is First Steps?

South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness was created in 1999 by the South Carolina General Assembly for the purpose of having every child in South Carolina arrive at kindergarten ready to learn. Sadly, many South Carolina children possess one or more risk factors that put them at high risk (greater than a 1 in 3 chance) for “early school failure” – either being retained or scoring below grade level in reading or math – by third grade.

First Steps exists to bring together efforts in early childhood at the state and local level, public and private, to focus and intensify services and assure the most efficient use of all available resources to serve the needs of South Carolina’s young children and their families.

Our Team

Kimberley Jordan
Kimberley JordanExecutive Director
Rudine McLeod
Rudine McLeodPAT Program Director
Patrice Davis
Patrice DavisEarly Childhood Consultant
Jessica Cates
Jessica CatesPAT Parent Educator

Get Connected

Kershaw County First Steps is working together with our other county partnerships within First Steps to provide the resources for everyone that is needed.  Check us out through our social media.