Birth to Five Years

Who to contact if delays are suspected


Children of All Ages:  Contact Personal Healthcare Provider

Parents are encouraged to make an appointment with the family healthcare provider to ask him/her about their concerns and those indicated through screening. Consider taking with you the Toolkit for Kindergarten Readiness, including any screenings that have been completed.  The provider may order additional evaluations. After your visit, if you and/or any other significant adults in your child’s life feel that undiagnosed problems still remain, there are additional options available to you.


Children Birth to 36 Months of Age:  Refer to South Carolina Babynet

In accordance with federal law, further screenings are available through Babynet, free of charge, regardless of family income. The South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness organization serves as the lead agency for Babynet. 

Early intervention services help infants and toddlers who have delays in growing, developing, and/or learning. Early intervention services may include therapies, assistive aids and devices, speech/hearing/vision services, service coordination, and family training.

Some children, due to qualifying diagnosis, will be automatically eligible for services.  Most children referred to Babynet will be further evaluated to determine eligibility.  

Types of services offered to eligible children:

  • Evaluations (for example: vision and hearing screens) 
  • Hearing services (for example: fitting for a hearing device)
  • Vision services (for example: prescribing glasses)
  • Speech services (for example: finding out why a child does not talk)
  • Nursing services (for example: tube feeding or bandage changing)
  • Health services (for example: giving prescribed shots at home)
  • Nutrition services (for example: special diets)
  • Family training (for example: teaching how to interact with a child)
  • Physical therapy (for example: improving a child's ability to move)
  • Occupational therapy (for example: teaching a child to use a spoon)
  • Support groups (for example: learning parenting skills)
  • Social work services (for example: family counseling)
  • Transportation (for example: arranging taxi for doctor's appointment)
  • Special instruction (for example: teaching sign language to a parent)
  • Psychological services (for example: understanding child behavior)
  • Service coordination or case management (for example: developing an Individual Family Service Plan or IFSP to coordinate services for the family)

 

Anyone can make a BabyNet referral for a child birth to 34.5 months old. To make a local referral or for more information, please call 864-591-8641.  The state Babynet office number is 1-877-621-0865.  Emails may be send  to babynet@scfirststeps.org  or visit the SC BabyNet website


Children 36 Months and Over: Contact Your Local Public School District or Head Start Office

In accordance with federal law, further screenings and assessments are available, free of charge, through your public school district. If the child meets eligibility requirements, additional services will be offered by the school district to support the child’s journey to kindergarten readiness. 

Call your local school district and speak to the Special Services Coordinator to schedule additional assessments: 

Spartanburg School District One – (864) 472-4117

Spartanburg School District Two – (864) 578-0128

Spartanburg School District Three – (864) 279-6000

Spartanburg School District Four – (864) 476-3186

Spartanburg School District Five – (864) 949-2350

Spartanburg School District Six – (864) 576-4212

Spartanburg School District Seven – (864) 594-4400

You may also call:

Early Head Start – Spartanburg County First Steps – (864) 327-4990

Head Start/Early Head Start - Piedmont Community Actions – (864) 585-3496


How to obtain a developmental screen in Spartanburg County

  • Child Care Centers.  Many childcare centers in Spartanburg County have the resources and the training to administer an ASQ-3 screen to children in their care.  For questions about centers participating please contact Quality Counts.  
  • Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires states to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities, between the ages of birth to 21, who are in need of early intervention or special education services.  Please contact your local school districts about their Child Find activities.

Spartanburg School District One – (864) 472-4117

Spartanburg School District Two – (864) 578-0128

Spartanburg School District Three – (864) 279-6000

Spartanburg School District Four – (864) 476-3186

Spartanburg School District Five – (864) 949-2350

Spartanburg School District Six – (864) 576-4212

Spartanburg School District Seven – (864) 594-4400

 

  • Community Screenings are occasionally offered by public and non-profit entities in Spartanburg County.  Most often screenings will be offered by educational, faith based and/or health fairs focused on children.
  • SAM offers a link to the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (AQ-3) on this website.

High Quality Early Care and Education in Spartanburg County

Did you know?

  • Children require stimulating, supportive and nurturing care when their parents are not available. 
  • Children who enjoy high-quality early learning experiences are more likely to stay in school, attend college, earn more money, and land a high-skill job. The formula for success!
  • Spartanburg County was the first county in South Carolina to develop and implement a system of continuous quality improvement (CQI) designed to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early care and education programs.  It is called Quality Counts. High quality child care is available in Spartanburg County and is Quality Counts can help you locate it.  
  • For preschoolers, every hour of daily television viewing increases their chances of developing attention problems later in life by about 10 percent. (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Every dollar invested in early learning saves $4 to $9 in remedial education, welfare and prison costs in the future. 

How to find high quality early care and education opportunities for children:

Spartanburg County has a continuous quality improvement (CQI) system Quality Counts which can assist parents in locating child care that fits their needs.  

Other Resources: