“Bill Gates said, ‘the first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turnout.’ I passionately agree with this statement, and First Steps exists in Spartanburg to help all children ‘rock out’ the first five years!”

Carolyn Brooks | Executive Director, Spartanburg County First Steps

Who We Are


We are first and foremost champions for Spartanburg County’s

most vulnerable citizens—the children.

We believe that every child deserves a solid foundation of quality early care and learning experiences that are proven to lead to a bright, prosperous future.

It’s our goal that by obtaining a solid foundation early in life, every child in Spartanburg County will arrive to school ready to learn and thrive!

We currently serve Spartanburg County’s children, pre-natal to 5 years old, and their parents or guardians through the following programs:

Quality Counts, a county partnership program focused on increasing the quality of early childhood childcare and learning environments

Early Head Start, a county partnership program providing high quality childcare, family services, and home visitations to children and pregnant women

Nurse-Family Partnership, a county partnership program that pairs at risk, first-time mothers with a nurse to help them through their pregnancy and the first 2 years of their child’s life

Spartanburg County First Steps is the local branch of non-profit South Carolina First Steps, a statewide education initiative to help children reach first grade ready to succeed. We utilize resources beyond state-allocated dollars, leveraging local private and public funds, federal grants, planned gifts, in-kind contributions, and volunteer time to support our programs. We work to create partnerships within the community, collaborating with business and community leaders, early education professionals, parents, as well as faith-based and agency partners. We are helping the community realize that an investment in Spartanburg’s children is an investment in Spartanburg County’s future.