South Carolina Parents As Teachers

Parents as Teachers is a national, evidence-based home visitation model designed to ensure young children are healthy, safe, and ready to learn.  Services are delivered by model-certified parent educators who emphasize parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting and family well-being. First Steps has served as the lead agency for Parents as Teachers in South Carolina since 2011.

South Carolina PAT served 2,115 children and 1,835 families in 2019-2020 and is currently the state’s largest home visiting model. As the model’s state leader, First Steps provides technical assistance, training and support to each of the state’s 45 affiliate programs.

“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.

State Parents as Teachers infographic 2019-2020 report (click image to enlarge)

Infographic Summary 

Quality Endorsement and Improvement (QEIP) Resources

QEIP Manual

QEIP Admin Policies and Procedures

QEIP Admin Policies and Procedures - New and Notable

Navigating the Self-Study

Self-Study Progress Tracker

QEIP Checklist


Quick Tips

Policies and Procedures


Self-Study Guide


Contact Information
Gina Beebe
Director of Parenting Programming

Delores Rock
Parenting Program Coordinator


Partner Organizations
SC Department of Education
Local County First Steps Partnerships
SC Department of Social Services
BabyNet – Part C of IDEA
Early Head Start