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Division of Children's Health

picture: mother and baby handsDHEC Division of Children’s Health, located in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, promotes and protects the health of children and their families in all 46 counties of South Carolina by:

  • Partnering with communities, medical providers, and state and local agencies
  • Developing family-focused policies and procedures
  • Informing the public of services and programs that can help meet their health care needs
  • Sponsoring training
  • Providing accurate health information in brochures, public service announcements, and on the Internet

Following are the programs managed through this division :

Care Line: a statewide, toll-free help line (1-800-868-0404) that provides assistance and support to women for their children and families

Children’s Health: Works with families to provide and support primary and preventive care.

Children with Special Health Care Needs: DHEC services are available to children and youth up to age 21 with one or more of a wide range of medical conditions or disabilities that have lasted or are expected to last for 12 months or more. Services include information and referral, care coordination and financial assistance with payment for medical services, supplies and equipment.

Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS): Builds statewide systems that support families and communities in their development of children that are healthy and ready to learn at school entry

First Sound: SC’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program to identify newborn hearing loss

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Pre-discharge Home Visits: Provided to the families of eligible infants graduating from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by a public health nurse prior to hospital discharge when ordered by the infant’s physician.

Newborn Metabolic Screening:  Blood tests that checks for hidden health disorders in newborn babies

Nurse-Family Partnership: Nurse home visitation program for  low-income, first-time parents and their children

Postpartum Newborn Home Visits: Provided to eligible new mothers and infants by a public health nurse within a few days of hospital discharge when ordered by a doctor.

School Health Services: Provides expert consultation, technical assistance, and clinic guidance regarding school nursing and school health services for local education agencies, as well as for staff within DHEC, SC Department of Education, parents and guardians, and others.

If you have questions or comments about the information found on this page, please contact Lucy Gibson, Director, S.C. DHEC’s Division of Children’s Health, at  (803) 898-0767 or