First Steps gains new office, leadership
Berkeley County First Steps, a non-profit agency that prepares children for school has moved to a new location and appointed a new leader.
The agency’s 11-member board in June selected a new executive director, Adrienne Troy-Frazier.
The agency moved into new offices at the Fishburne Education Center at 6215 Murray Dr. in Hanahan. The agency was previously located on Daniel Island. The new offices are being provided by the Berkeley County School District.
"Moving brings about days of reflection and opportunities to celebrate what Berkeley First Steps has accomplished and what Berkeley First Steps can become in the future under new leadership,” First Steps Board Chairperson Jean Gooch said.
Troy-Frazier is new to South Carolina, but not to early childhood education. She was program administrator for an Easter Seals Child Development Center in Chicago.
On two occasions during her 12 years as the center’s program administrator, the agency obtained dual accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Commission on Accreditation on Rehabilitation Facilities.
She has been an early childhood educator for more than 20 years, and specializes in leading anti bias, inclusion and disabilities training.
Troy-Frazier served as co-chair of the Illinois Department of Human Services Child Care Collaboration Committee and chair of the Chicago Foundation for Women’s African-American Leadership Council. She also served as a professional mentor and trainer for the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, where she provided support to early care and non-for-profit directors and staff in the area of leadership development.
During fiscal year 2011-2012, Berkeley County First Steps served 247 families through its home visitation programs and trained 619 childcare providers. A fifth program was added this year.
“We are excited to provide a new strategy that focuses on early identification and referrals to ensure that children who may have developmental delays will be assessed and provided intervention services to prepare them for school,” Troy-Frazier said.
In addition to Troy-Frazier the agency is staffed by 12-year program coordinator Stephanie Cook Olazabal and nine-year assistant Charmaine Shillinglaw.
The agency will hold an open house on Aug. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Fishburne Center. More information will be posted on the agency’s website, www.BerkeleyCountyFirstSteps.org.