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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.
Shirleen Lewis

Shirleen Lewis

The newest addition to the First Steps team, Shirleen manages Child Care Scholarships, Child Care Training, Facility Quality Enhancement, and Parenting Programs for Florence County. Prior to joining First Steps, she was a manager for Head Start and Smart Start (North Carolina’s Early Childhood Initiative) for seven years and has numerous trainings in early childhood. Shirleen and her husband, JaCoby, reside in Hamer with their daughter Kennedie.

Our Board

Darren McClam

Faith Based Community
July 2013

Debbie Quesada

Family Educator Provider
January 2010

Ivey Staley

Family Educator Provider
July 2013

Margaret Echols

Family Child Care Provider
July 2013

Nicole Echols

Business Community
July 2013

Valencia Brand

Family Educator Provider
July 2013

Phoebe 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

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Funding Opportunities

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