In 2011 South Carolina First Steps was named the lead agency for South Carolina
Parents as Teachers (PAT) Affiliate Programs.
South Carolina PAT served 3,136 children and 2,726 families in 2012 and is currently the largest home visiting model implemented in the state. As the state lead for PAT, SCFS provides technical assistance, training and support to each of the states’ 63 affiliate programs.
The Parents as Teachers National Evidence-based Home Visiting Model is designed to ensure young children are healthy, safe, and ready to learn. Services to highly challenged families in SC are delivered by certified Parent Educators who emphasize parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting and family well-being.
"South Carolina is a great example of how home visitation can be done right to help families and children," said Parents as Teachers' CEO, Scott Hippert.
In 2013, 18 PAT home visitation programs in SC were chosen among 60 PAT affiliates across the United States to receive U.S. Department of Education funding.
Read the press release here: SC parenting programs to benefit from federal Innovative Approaches to Literacy grant
Mary Anne Mathews
SC Director of Parenting Programming
SC Department of Education
Local County First Steps Partnerships
SC Department of Social Services
BabyNet - Part C of IDEA
Early Head Start
2011-2012 Affiliate Performance Report (APR)
Additional Guidance for Hearing and Screening
Guidance for Vision and Hearing Screening
Resources from the PAT National Center, Inc.