Lancaster County First Steps Partnership serves as the portal for all things relating to Early Childhood Education in Lancaster County, SC.  We work to see that all children are ready to be successful in school.  We are fortunate to have the assistance and teamwork of many committed agencies and service providers who contribute to the development and growth of our children, families and communities.

Complimentary Agencies and Service Providers


Lancaster Children's Council

The Children’s Council  

P.O. Box 171

Lancaster, SC  29721


Heather Mueller

Executive Director

Mission:  Founded in 1989, The Children’s Councils works to support, endorse and help establish any program or project that enhances the health, development and well-being of the children of Lancaster County, SC.

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Southside Early Childhood Center – Home of The Rising Stars  

500 Hampton Road

Lancaster, SC  29720


Dr. LaVilla Brevard

Site Director

Southside is a wonderful place to begin your child’s preschool years.  We are excited about the great learning experience that your child will have this year at Southside.  Your child’s educational experience at Southside will provide valuable and life-long lessons that will help prepare them throughout their educational years.

 You will find our professional staff is committed to promoting a high quality of developmentally appropriate programs for all children and families.
We encourage parent involvement.  We believe parent involvement is essential in the overall academic success of children.
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Lancaster Fatherhood Project, Inc.

105 South Wylie Street

Lancaster, SC  29720


Tyrom Faulkner

Executive Director

Mission:  To support fathers, families and the community through social and economic development.

The Lancaster Fatherhood Project offers education and services uniquely tailored for fathers trying to rebuild their lives and their families. We are devoted to helping men heal broken spirits and family relations, practice healthy parenting and gain productive stable employment. For we know that when fathers succeed in their fathering role, their children thrive.

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