Children’s early physical and mental health is an important determinant of their later readiness for school and success. Since healthy children make better learners, First Steps works to improve young children’s health through healthy start programs such as:
Early Periodic Screenings & Confirmed Diagnosis and Treatment – First Steps supports screening at child care centers with a focus on the importance of immunization and early identification, prevention and treatment of physical problems that affect learning.
Technical Assistance and Health Consultation for Child Care Providers – First Steps identifies health and safety issues in child care facilities and teaches child care workers how to detect and prevent the spread of infections, transmittable illnesses, and food-borne illnesses.
Nutritional Education – First Steps works to provide low-income families and child care providers with on-site and home-based nutritional counseling, reducing preventable development delays and deficiencies related to poor nutrition.
Pediatric and Postpartum Home Health Visits – First Steps assesses the overall physical health of infants and their mothers, evaluates the overall safety conditions of the homes, provides information about growth and development, and links families to medical homes. These services are offered in collaboration with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
For Special Needs: