Home Visiting in Your Area: Midlands

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Below are brief descriptions of the home visiting program models currently implemented in the Midlands region of South Carolina, followed by information on the agencies that serve families using each model.

Healthy Families America

Healthy Families America helps families manage life’s challenges by building on their strengths, rather than focusing on correcting weakness. Local programs select the target population to serve, including single parents or families with low income, substance abuse, or domestic violence.The program model offers weekly home visits, beginning prenatally or within the first three months after a child’s birth. Visits continue until the child is age three to five. In addition, Healthy Families America offers screenings and assessments and may include parent support groups, father involvement programs and job training. Home visitors are selected based on their personal characteristics and willingness to work in culturally diverse communities.

Carolina Health Centers, Inc.

Counties served: Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick and Saluda
864-330-8234, gdeal@carolinahealthcenters.org

Low Country Health Care System

Counties served: Allendale and Barnwell
803-591-7811, ktrottie@lchcs.com

Healthy Start
Community Action to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes

Healthy Start is a federal program dedicated to reducing disparities in maternal and infant health status in high risk communities. Healthy Start supports women before, during, and after pregnancy by addressing their health and social service needs, strengthening family resilience, and engaging community partners to enhance systems of care. Healthy Start works to assure access to culturally competent, family-centered and comprehensive health and social services for women, infants and their families.

Family Solutions of the Low Country
Low Country Healthy Start

Counties served: Allendale, Bamberg, Hampton, Orangeburg
803-531-8008 or 888-581-0319
Virginia B. White, Director/Administrator

Palmetto Healthy Start

Counties served: Richland (teens only), Lexington, Sumter
803-296-3780 or 888-788-4367
Kimberly R. Alston, Director

Nurse-Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership is for first-time, low-income mothers and their children. It includes one-on-one home visits by a trained public health nurse with participating clients. The visits begin early in the woman’s pregnancy (with program enrollment no later than the 28th week of gestation) and conclude when children turn 2 years old. During visits nurses work to reinforce maternal behaviors that are consistent with program goals and that encourage positive behaviors and accomplishments. Home visits address prenatal care; caring for an infant; and encouraging the emotional, physical, and cognitive development of young children.

Carolina Health Centers, Inc.

Counties served: Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick and Saluda
864-330-8234, gdeal@carolinahealthcenters.org

S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, Midlands Region

Counties served: Lexington and Richland
803-576-2746, Adelmahd@dhec.sc.gov

South Carolina Office of Rural Health

Counties served: Allendale, Bamberg Barnwell, Hampton, and Orangeburg

Contact: Family Solutions of the Low Country
803-531-8008, vwhite@lchealthystart.org

Parents As Teachers

The goal of the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program is to provide parents with child development knowledge and parenting support, provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, prevent child abuse and neglect, and increase children’s school readiness. The PAT model includes one-on-one home visits, monthly group meetings, developmental screenings, and linkages and connections for families to needed resources. Parent educators conduct the home visits using structured visit plans and guided planning tools. PAT serves families for at least two years between pregnancy and kindergarten. PAT affiliate programs select the target population they plan to serve and the program duration.

Aiken County First Steps Program PAT/Aiken County First Steps

Counties served: Aiken
803-663-5604, aiken1stepsed@bellsouth.net

Calhoun County First Steps – Parents as Teachers/Calhoun County First Steps

Counties served: Calhoun
803-655-5126, calhoun1steps@windstream.net

Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center at Palmetto Health

Counties served: Lexington and Richland
803-434-7553, Sara.sterne@Palmettohealth.org

Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers

Counties served: Lexington and Richland
803-733-5969  ext. 3700, lterry@ecchc.org

Fairfield’s Parents as Teachers Program/Fairfield County First Steps

Counties served: Fairfield
803-635-1590, fcccouncil@truvista.net

First Steps Family Learning Center – P.A.T./Lexington County School District Three

Counties served: Lexington
803-532-6861, pwest@lex3.k12.sc.us

First Steps Parents as Teachers/Gaston-Swansea School District Four of Lexington County

Counties served: Lexington
803-568-1000, nbusbee@Lexington4.net

Kershaw County First Steps/First Steps

Counties served: Kershaw
803-432-7756, kjfirststeps@att.net

Newberry Parenting/Family Literacy Program/Newberry County Schools

Counties served: Newberry
803-321-2674, esaddler@newberry.k12.sc.us

Parent Information & Resource Center/Lexington County School District One

Counties served: Lexington
803-821-1365, mhamilton@lexington1.net

Parents as Teachers/Sumter County School District Two

Counties served: Sumter
803-469-6900, libby.dubose@sumterschools.net

Positive Parenting Power – P.A.T./Barnwell School District 19

Counties served: Barnwell
803-284-5624, lindsey.toomer@barnwell19.org

Richland County First Steps To School Readiness/Richland County First Steps/S.C. Department of Education

Counties served: Richland
803-212-4201, bsingletary@rcfirststeps.org

School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties/Ready by Five

Counties served: Lexington and Richland
803-476-8238, jfelkel@lex5.k12.sc.us

STAR: Starting Together, Arriving Ready/Pair Education Center Lexington

Counties served: Lexington
803-926-5743, rwiley@lex2.org