Pursuant to Executive Order 2016-20, lead agency designation for South Carolina’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C program, known in South Carolina as “BabyNet”, will be transferred from South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness to the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, effective July 1, 2017.  

Executive Order 2016-20

SCDHHS is seeking public comment on the FY 2017-18 IDEA Part C Grant Application which may be found HERE.

The South Carolina Interagency Coordinating Council and BabyNet invites the public to provide comment on the current BabyNet Policies and Procedures. Public comment can be provided at one of the public hearings scheduled in April and May throughout South Carolina (see schedule below) and/or through the following web portal:


A copy of the policies and procedures can also be found at the link above.

BabyNet Public Hearing Schedule


April 21, 2017 Florence 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. BLDG 400, Main Auditorium Florence-Darlington Technical College, 2715 W Lucas Street Florence SC 29501
April 24, 2017 Charleston 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Auditorium Charleston County Public Library (Mail Branch) – 68 Calhoun Street Charleston SC 29401
May 12, 2017 Columbia 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Theater Richland County Public Library (Main Branch) – 1431 Assembly Street Columbia SC 29201
May 19, 2017 Greenville 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Meeting Room Greenville County Public Library (Augusta Road Branch) -100 Lydia St., Greenville, SC 29605

Early Intervention Services

The following services are available to eligible South Carolina families who have children under age three with delays in development. Depending on each child’s needs, BabyNet programs directly provide or offer access to 17 core early intervention services. The specific services a child receives is based on a custom-tailored plan for that child. The family plays a key role in working with staff to create this plan.
Assistive Technology – services and equipment, including adaptive assistive devices, designed or altered for special use by children with developmental delays.

Audiology  testing your child’s hearing, making referrals for further auditory services, as needed.

Early Identification, Screening and Assessment  identifying your child’s strengths, developmental needs, and your family’s concerns.

Family Education – teaching your family about your child’s delay and ways to help your child.

Health Services  helping your child benefit from other services including: clean intermittent catheterization, tracheostomy care, tube feeding, changing dressings orostomy collection bags, and consultation with service providers concerning special health care needs.

Medical Services  diagnostic or evaluation services by a licensed physician who will assess your child’s eligibility for BabyNet services. BabyNet programs do not pay for other medical services.

Nursing  health assessments, nursing care to prevent health problems or improve functioning, administration of medications, and regiments prescribed by a licensed physician.

Nutrition  services provided by a dietitian/nutritionist who evaluates your child’s nutrition and needs.

Occupational Therapy  helping children learn skills needed for play and daily living, designing and providing adaptive and assistive devices.

Physical Therapy  identifying and preventing or reducing movement disabilities, includes designing and providing adaptive and assistive devices.

Psychological Services  counseling, analysis of your child’s functioning, and interpretation of behavior.

Service Coordination  helping your child and family get services, providing information about BabyNet services, and finding other services in the community. A service coordinator works with your family to support your child’s development and to arrange for services in and outside of your BabyNet program.

Social Work Services  assessing your child in the family setting, counseling, and social skill-building activities for your child.

Special Instruction  helping your child develop learning skills.

Speech-Language Therapy  helping your child understand language or learn to communicate, includes designing and providing assistive devices.

Transportation  arranging for someone to drive your child and family to and from early intervention services. This could include using a taxi or bus.

Vision Services  evaluation and assessment of vision, includes referral for medical or other professional services to train or restore visual functioning.