State Resources

BabyNet is SC’s interagency early intervention system for infants and toddlers under three years of age with developmental delays, or who have conditions associated with developmental delays. Services match the special needs of the children with the professional resources available within the community.

Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services operates a statewide toll-free telephone line that provides information and assistance on a variety of topics related to alcohol and other drug abuse. They can be reached at 1-800-942-DIAL (3425). 

Department of Social Services is the state agency that ensures the safety and health of children and adults who cannot protect themselves, and assists those in need of food assistance and temporary financial assistance while transitioning into employment. 

Family Connection of South Carolina is a statewide nonprofit organization that links families of children with special healthcare needs and disabilities with resources, support and education. We provide support to parents with a child or family member with any special healthcare need, such as an upcoming surgery, developmental delays, premature birth, physical limitations and all diagnoses including autism, asthma, ADHD and cerebral palsy.

Head Start is a comprehensive school readiness program serving kids 0 to 5 that has a strong focus on ensuring that they start school ready to learn. They offer many other services to these children to help them and to support their families. Families may enroll their children in Head Start programs based on their income and a number of other factors. There are Head Start programs available in every county.

  • SHARE Head Start (Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens counties) (864) 233-4128 or (864) 226-0367
  • Piedmont Community Action (Cherokee and Spartanburg counties) (864) 585-8183
  • Carolina Community Action (Chester, Lancaster, Union, and York counties) (803) 329-5195
  • GLEAMNS Head Start (Abbeville, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenwood, Laurens, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Richland and Saluda counties) (864) 223-8434 

SCIWAY provides links to other South Carolina websites and is organized by subject area, such as education, government, history, jobs and tourism. 

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is the state agency that promotes health, provides vital healthcare and other direct services, monitors pollution, coordinates disease control, carries out the agency's inspection and regulatory responsibilities, responds to environmental emergencies, and protects public health and the environment in numerous other ways.

South Carolina First Steps is a statewide education initiative to address the unmet needs of young children and their families to reach first grade healthy and ready to succeed. First Steps in each county provides funds to fill gaps where services are needed, including to expand existing early childhood initiatives.  To learn more about the First Steps program in your county please contact. 

South Carolina State Medicaid is free health insurance available to eligible individuals in South Carolina. If approved, an applicant is covered for a broad range of services.

United Way - 211 is your one-stop resource for finding assistance in your local community. This site keeps a database of a wide variety of service providers including support groups, community clinics, counselors, shelters, food pantries, programs for seniors and many more agencies in South Carolina.