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1. Healthy Families Greenwood County

HFGC is based on a nationwide program model of voluntary home visitation designed to help parents of newborns and their children get off to a healthy start.  The program promotes positive parenting and child health and development, thereby preventing child abuse, neglect, and other poor childhood outcomes.  This program is designed for families needing the most intensive level of home visitation and the longest duration of service.

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2. Healthy Steps for Young Children

New parents often say that they wish their baby came with an instruction manual.  Healthy Steps for Young Children is even better than that mythical manual.  Healthy Steps is a new program of the Greenwood Community Children’s Center.  It is currently offered in partnership with the Carolina Health Pediatric Associates.  Healthy Steps provides mothers and fathers more information and support for their own child on the everyday issues they face.  It takes advantage of the teachable moments that emerge from addressing parents’ concerns about their child’s development and behavior.

 The purpose of the Healthy Steps program is to foster safe and healthy growth and development of children ages birth to three years.  Three primary themes are built into Healthy Steps programming:

1) The first three years of life are critically important for both the child and the family.  Scientific advances have proved that while the basic circuits of the brain are established before birth, the brain structuring necessary for intellectual, emotional, and social development takes place after birth – and does so explosively in the first three years of life. 
2) Key to a young child’s healthy growth and development are nurturing relationships between the family and child and between the medical provider and family.  Healthy Steps supports parents in their role as nurturers of the emotional, behavioral, intellectual, and physical growth of their child.
3) Medical care for young children can be enhanced by including the promotion of child development, focusing on the whole child and the whole family.

 Healthy Steps promotes family strengthening; promotes positive parent-child interactions; and increases parent knowledge and skill in the area of child rearing, behavior management, child development and communication.   First time families receive parent education about typical child development.  The children receive regular screenings to detect and address child developmental delays.  The mothers receive screening to detect and address postpartum depression.  Families are connected to community resources as needed.  Services are delivered by a Healthy Steps Specialist in both individual and group settings using a research-based and age appropriate curriculum.  Office visits are offered to coincide with well-child pediatric visits.  A dedicated parent telephone information line and monthly parent support groups offer additional social support and information to assist parents/caregivers. 

Healthy Steps services are meant to provide significantly enhanced health care, to increase the confidence of mothers and fathers as they rear their young children, to convey information to mothers and fathers about normal child development, to provide more time and opportunities for contact so that parents do not feel isolated, to teach problem-solving skills so that families can access community supports, and to avoid the problems that are known to increase the likelihood of child maltreatment. Healthy Steps is a national best practice model, created by a team from the Boston University School of Medicine.

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3. Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read makes literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric primary care, so that children grow up with books and a love of reading.  Reach Out and Read provides the link between literacy and a healthy childhood to children, with a special emphasis on children growing up in poverty.  Reach Out and Read reinforces the parent’s role as the first and most important teacher, and gives parents the tools and techniques to help their children succeed.  It is provided to parents of children who are six months to five years of age.  

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4. Even Start Family Literacy

Even Start was founded on the belief that strengthening children's relationships with their parents and enriching their literacy environments would have a positive impact on children's learning and their performance in school and in life. When parents understand the connection between the ways they talk, play with and touch their young children and their children's growth and development, they can turn ordinary experiences into learning experiences. The Greenwood Even Start Family Literacy  program  serves parents with less than a high school degree who have children from 0 to 8 years of age.  The Greenwood Community Children’s Center partners with School District 50 and the United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties.  On-site services include adult education, child development classes, parent education and interactive literacy. 

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5. Parents Unite

Parents Unite provides parents, grandparents and other caregivers with the techniques and support needed to deal with the everyday pressures of raising children and adolescents.  It is provided in partnership with GATEWAYS and Parents Anonymous SC.  Parents Unite focuses on parents of children with ADD, ADHD or other behavioral or mental health issues.  As needed, other parent-to-parent support groups may be formed.  They follow the Parents Anonymous model of support and education for parents.

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6. Prevent Child Abuse Greenwod County

The Greenwood Community Children’s Center is the Greenwood County affiliate of Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina/Voices for South Carolina’s Children.  For more information about the prevention of child abuse and neglect and protective factors for families, go to

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Updated October 2007