Parent Training and Community Engagement


Darlington County First Steps (DCFS) offers a number of programs and activities designed to increase a parent’s knowledge of child development while supporting their role as first and most important teacher.  In order to ensure that parents receive the wide range of needed services, DCFS engages many community partners.  Community partnerships and engagement are key to the success of our programs here at DCFS.


Programs and Services

  • Home Visits are provided for parents with children ages birth to five through the Parents as Teachers program.

  • Summer Home Visits are offered through Countdown to Kindergarten, a six-week home visiting program led by kindergarten teachers. 

  • Parenting workshops are offered for pregnant and parenting young people, ages 15-24 through the Parents Are First program.

  • Family Literacy Classroom (Childcare) are provided to parents/students in partnership with the Darlington County School District’s Adult Program. Parents involved in any aspect of programming presented by the DCFS are eligible for free child care services.

  • Family Literacy sessions are provided for Head Start parents through the Motheread/Fatheread® program.

  • Welcome Baby Bags/Literacy Kits are delivered to parents of newborns at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center. These bags, which contain reading materials, child development and child rearing information and baby supplies, are provided through a partnership with Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center and the Darlington County Library System.

  • Born Learning Trail provides parents and their children with the opportunity to use everyday outdoor moments to boost school readiness for children. The Born Learning Trail was constructed through the collaborative efforts of DCFS, Duke Energy, United Way of Hartsville and the City of Hartsville.

  • Referrals are provided to parents as needed to and from DCFS’s expansive list of community partners.


"All parents deserve and may need information, ideas, and support in their role as primary educators of their children. Public/private partnerships are vital when implementing programs which measure and demonstrate progress."