Mission, Vision & Values

Our Mission

Every child in Dillon County is important and should experience a loving,
stimulating, healthy, and safe environment ensured by a supportive family and

Our Vision

Every Dillon County child will arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed.

Our Values

The years of early childhood are a critical window of development during which much of human potential is shaped.

Families are the single most important influence on the development of their young children.

The work of supporting families and caregivers is a collaborative effort between state and local stakeholders within the public, private and faith sectors.

School readiness is the result of a child’s development in many areas, with each contributing to the child’s success.

Services must be individualized and adaptable to meet the unique needs of children and families.

We value, and demonstrate in our collaborative work and advocacy, diverse perspectives in the development of public policy and programs.

To achieve desired results, services must be high-quality and grounded in strong evidence. First Steps operates within a culture of accountability.