About Us

BCFS is a Statewide Initiative to Prepare Young Children for School and a Lifetime of Learning Beyond

The mission of the Berkeley County First Steps Partnership Board is to improve the early childhood development of Berkeley County children by providing resources and leadership to assist families in preparing their children to reach school healthy and ready to succeed through community partnerships and collaboration. Meet our new Executive Director.

Learn about our impact in the community. Download our FY ’12 Annual Report.

How we prepare young children for school and a lifetime of learning:

  • Providing improved childcare and early education opportunities
  • Expanding and improving healthcare
  • Strengthening families through parenting skills programs

Our Partnership Board

  • Jean Gooch, Chair-Retired/Infant-Toddler Specialist/ABC Special Needs
  • Sharon Fashion, Deputy Director/Youth Services Coordinator, Berkeley County Library
  • Samone Johnson, Service Coordinator/DSS
  • Marina Lopez, MUSC, Family Literacy Program Coordinator
  • Elmire Raven,Executive Director, My Sister’s House
  • Linda Fontaine,Kelly Services/Substitute Teacher
  • Brenda Campbell, Director of New Life Christian Academy
  • Donna McQueen, Esq
  • Tawanna Mayes (parent)
  • Jane Farrell (Early Childhood Consultant)
  • Martha Dunlap, DHEC Appointee
  • Dr. Paulette Walker, BCSD appointee

Next Board Meeting

October 20, 2017 at 5:00 PM – location TBA.

Board Meetings Are Open to the Public. Board Minutes are available to the public upon request in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.