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Who We Are

Our Staff

Spencer R. Scott

Spencer R. Scott

Spencer R. Scott is a native of Lancaster SC. He moved to Florence SC to attend Francis Marion University (FMU). As a 1994 graduate of FMU with a BS degree with a dual collaboration in Sociology and Business Administration, he obtained a position with Circle Park Prevention Center as a Prevention Specialist. He later became the Program Director for the Florence Area Literacy Council focusing on parents receiving their GED while providing childcare for their children.

In 1999, he was hired to write the initial grant for Florence County First Steps. Once the grant was funded , Mr. Scott was hired as the Executive Director. In 2003, he also became the executive director of Marion County First Steps.

Spencer has served on numerous boards such SC United Way, United Way of Florence County, Hope Health Advisory Council, and Smart Start Advisory Council. He also served as a member of several civic, community and fraternity organizations such as Rotary International. Kiwanis Club, and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Spencer is married to Tracey Scott, a social worker and they have four beautiful children, Brittani (deceased), Autumn (attends Clemson University), Ayshia and Spencer II (both attends Trinity Byrnes Collegiate School).

Lana Hopkins

Lana Hopkins

Lana is responsible for the Family/Group Child Care Grant awarded by SC DSS and provides services in the areas of: Technical Assistance, Child Care Training, and Flo-Mar Childcare Network Association. The FCCH/GCCH grant covers both Florence and Marion counties. She and her English Bulldog, Sullivan, and Labs, CeCe and Coco reside in Lamar, SC.
Anastasia Spann

Anastasia Spann

Anastasia Spann is the Program Coordinator for Florence County First Steps’ Parenting, Facility, Quality Enhancement, Child Care Training, and Child Care Scholarship programs.

Anastasia’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and as Masters of Education degree in School Counseling from Clemson University. She is a Master Certified Trainer and a Generalist II Technical Assistance Provider with the Center for Child Care Career Development.

Anastasia is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children (SCAEYC), and the South Carolina Early Childhood Association (SCECA).

For the past seven years, Anastasia has been involved with providing technical assistance to childcare facilities, coordinating and conducting childcare trainings, and partnering with local and state agencies in order to spread awareness to both childcare facilities and communities of the need for high quality childcare in order to ensure school readiness.

Our Board

Darren McClam

Faith Based Community
July 2013

Debbie Quesada

Family Educator Provider
January 2010

Ivey Staley

Family Educator Provider
July 2013

Nicole Echols

Business Community
July 2013

Valencia Brand

Family Educator Provider
July 2013

Pheobe Clark

Business Community
August 2014

Sharon Williams

School District 3
January 2010

Mary Brayboy

School District 4
July 2013

Denita Davis

Family Educator Provider
July 2013

Brenda Hannah

July 2013

Lura C. Marsh

January 2017

Orbee C. Friday

November 2017

Yolanda McCall

August 2014

Valarie Lowery

Head Start
October 2017

Ticey Fleming

School District 2, Pamplico
November 2017

Gloria Bracey

Member of Early Childhood Education

Sam Fryer

House Appointment, Rep. Terry Alexander
March 2018

Debbie Jones

Senate Appointment, Senator Kent Williams
March 2018

Sandra M. Sturkie, M.S.

Senate Appointment, Senator Hugh Leatherman
March 2018

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