Governor Mark Sanford has designated The Children’s Trust of South Carolina as the lead agency for the state’s coordination of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, a new federal program to enhance child well-being. South Carolina is expected to receive more than $2 million in the first year of a five-year grant.
The home visitations will focus on improving childrens’ health and development, early learning, child abuse and neglect and prevention, as well as family support.
Sue Williams, chief executive officer of The Children’s Trust, says it’s an important grant, at the right time.
The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program was included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) signed into law by President Obama in March. The new program will provide $1.5 billion nationally over the next five years.
The program is designed to reduce family violence and juvenile crime. Williams says studies also demonstrate a savings of up to five dollars for every one dollar allocated. She says it’s a great investment.