South Carolina

The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's early intervention service system. Please contact the lead state agency or follow the various links for more detailed information.

Lead agency for early intervention services

South Carolina's BabyNet is part of South Carolina First Steps.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

Children under the age of 3 may be eligible if they have:

  • Developmental delay of at least 40 percent or standard deviation equivalent in one domain
  • Developmental delay of 25 percent or standard deviation equivalent in any two domains of development
  • Professionally diagnosed condition (physical or mental) known to be associated with delays in one or more developmental domains

See eligibility criteria (Section 4F, Page 1) for more details.

Number of children served

South Carolina reported 4,723 infants and toddlers served as of July 18, 2013.

Support service structure

A regional network of BabyNet offices coordinates local early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Families may call the statewide BabyNet referral line at 877-621-0865 or contact their local BabyNet office using the directory.

Services for at-risk children

Local service teams will provide information on available resources for families with children who are not eligible for early intervention services. Additional information is available from the parent training and information centers listed below.

Family cost participation

Families are not required to pay for services. Public or private insurance may be accessed under certain conditions.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

South Carolina enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See South Carolina insurance for more details.

Parent training and information center

Parents Reaching Out to Parents is South Carolina's statewide parent training and information center. Additional support for families in Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston counties is provided by the Family Resource Center for Disabilities and Special Needs.

Early childhood school services information

Information regarding school services for children ages 3 through 5 is available from the local school district, the regional provider agencies and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information may be obtained from early childhood education or by contacting:

South Carolina Department of Education
Phone: 803-734-8811

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources is provided at resources.

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