Welcome to Beaufort County First Steps

Getting children ready for school.

Beaufort County First Steps (BCFS) has continued its work over the past decade to ensure children are at optimal developmental readiness to start kindergarten. BCFS works collaboratively with families, childcare professionals, school district and other agencies to ensure the children served have the tools needed for healthy growth and development.

BCFS support programs for parents, childcare facilities, and educators by directly administering services in-house, and by providing financial support to administer early education services around the county.

Our children are the most important asset in our community, investing in quality childcare and early childhood education will have significant returns to their future. Research show that children learn more in their first 5 years than they will the rest of their life. Whether a parent, teacher or childcare provider, everyone plays a critical role in fostering children's development.

We have made important strides over the past decade to enhance early childhood experiences for children in Beaufort County but there is still much to do. With your support, we look forward to continued future success.

"Young children represent hope for our future.
Early Childhood Education builds a better future for them."

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Board Chair:
Sylvia Williams

Executive Director:
Betty Washington

Contact Information:
2201 Boundary St., Ste. 112
Beaufort, SC 29902
Phone: (843) 379-7837
Fax: (843) 379-7840
Email: contact@beaufortfirststeps.org

Beaufort County
First Steps

2011-12
Highlights
835 childcare professionals trained
144 training sessions offered
219.5 DSS certified/registered trainings hours
77 trainings hours in First Aid & CPR
513 books given for classroom use
72 childcare facilities from Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Colleton, Allendale, Bamberg , Barnwell and other surrounding counties
Based on training evaluations, 97% of clients served indicated the trainings were useful and relevant to the work being done
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