South Carolina’s infants, toddlers, and families deserve equitable opportunities for a strong, healthy start in life.
The good news? The state continues to implement strong policies and investments to promote good health.
Babies & Toddlers in South Carolina
Source: ZERO TO THREE, State of Babies Yearbook, 2023.
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South Carolina is a leader in the development of policies that positively impact young children and families and often sets a standard for other states and the nation to follow.
South Carolina First Steps is the state’s only dedicated, comprehensive early childhood initiative focused on getting children ready for school and life success. First Steps partners with families, early educators, and communities statewide to support the success of children from birth through age five.
In July 2021, the S.C. Department of Education invested $14.7 million in First Steps over three years for several early childhood initiatives including HealthySteps. And in August 2023, Governor Henry McMaster signed a bill permanently authorizing First Steps.
Family Solutions, a program of the South Carolina Office of Rural Health, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for parents and children in rural communities. Family Solutions administers the HealthySteps program within a practice locally and facilitates reflective supervision with a group of specialists throughout the state.
The Family Health Centers, Inc. recently was awarded $214,024 in grant funds from SC First Steps, Orangeburg County First Steps to meet the changing needs of young children and families in South Carolina.
In April, South Carolina Educational Television (SC ETV) highlighted HealthySteps, an innovative national program growing throughout the state that provides early childhood development support to families in the pediatric primary care office.