Parenting & Family Support

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Find out which parenting and financial services you’re eligible for.

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How can parents be their child’s best teacher?

Parents are a child’s first teacher and when moms and dads realize the important roles they play, they can do simple things to help their little ones develop key skills. How parents talk to children and share books with them, for example, can set children up for success in school. We can connect you to many free resources that help parents be their child’s best teacher every day.

Providers

Programs and Services

TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families)

South Carolina’s welfare program provides temporary financial assistance to families with dependent children who are in need.

Talk To Me / LENA Home

For babies and toddlers, LENA promotes language development by helping parents focus in the how they can increase their talk with their young children.

Strengthening Families

Group sessions for parents and children promote parenting and life skills, provide a weekly meal, and help families make new friends.

SC State Library

Find free resources for family literacy, plus braille and talking books for readers with disabilities.

SC Educational Television (SCETV)

Along with educational television shows for young children, SCETV provides free resources for parents that support family fun and early learning.

Raising A Reader

For families with young children, this program provides fresh books every week to help parents promote reading.

Triple P – Positive Parenting Program

This highly respected program helps families prevent and treat a child’s emotional or behavioral problems.

Motheread/Fatheread

Literacy classes help parents improve their own reading skills giving, them the confidence to encourage their child’s development by reading to them.

ParentChild+

For families with children who are age 2 to 3, this program provides books, toys, and teaches parents how to promote early reading skills.

Parents as Teachers

Combining personal coaching and group sessions with other families, this program helps parents make the most of their important role in children’s development and education.

Nurturing Parenting

This program helps parents build skills and find new, nurturing ways to care for and guide children.

Incredible Years

This is a support group for parents who need help responding to a child’s behavioral and emotional difficulties.

HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters)

Trained coaches work with parents in their home to help them make the most of their role as a child’s first and most important teacher.

Family Literacy

By helping parents complete high school or build English language skills, these programs support reading and language development in children.

Early Steps to School Success

Home visits by a parent educator help families connect with schools and get young children ready to learn.

Child Support

Learn about South Carolina child support benefits, requirements, and parent rights.

Hello Family

Hello Family can help answer questions and connect Spartanburg's families to resources and services.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Any child up to age 5 can get a free book every month, to promote reading and build their own library.

Ready 4K

Parents and caregivers receive weekly texts with fun facts and easy tips on how to promote their children’s development by building on existing family routines.