Pickens County First Steps

Who We Are

We are South Carolina state initiative of research-based strategies and partnerships, focused on meeting needs and filling gaps in services for early childhood education and care. Our mission in Pickens County is that every child arrives to school healthy and ready to learn.
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What We Do

     Pickens County First Steps engages business and community-based organizations in meeting the needs of families by improving school readiness and quality care and education for children 0-5.

    We currently fund two home visitations through the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program housed at Crosswell Elementary.

    We are active in the childcare centers in our county, providing training to directors and workers as well as onsite implementation support by trained, certified Early Childhood educators.  Our partnership with United Way has allowed us to provide specialized training in a research based phonics program called Zoo-phonics.  Zoo-phonics aligns with the School District of Pickens County's literacy model in the 4K and 5K classrooms.

     Through our Early Steps Identification (ESI) program, we actively observe, screen and appropiately refer children birth to age 4 with potential developmental delay(s) to either BabyNet or the School District of Pickens County (SDPC).  For children who present a developmental delay but don't qualify for early intervention services through BabyNet or the SDPC, a UW community impact grant has been awarded that is case managed through the Children's Services Council of Pickens County, to provide appropiate early intervention services to these children.






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Address Information
P.O. Box 1113
Central, SC 29630
Office Hours: Monday- Friday 9AM- 4PM
Contact: Amity Buckner
Contact Title: Executive Director
Phone: 864-654-3000
Email: abuckner@scfirststeps.org

We have a physical office located at the Pickens YMCA, 2223 Gentry Memorial Highway, Pickens SC 29671. 

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