Expansion Provides Parenting Help to More Poor Mothers-To-Be

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More of South Carolina’s poor mothers-to-be will get parenting help at home through a $30 million public-private partnership that aims to reduce pre-term births and child hospitalizations.

Gov. Nikki Haley is joining other state officials and private nonprofit leaders Tuesday to announce the state’s Pay for Success project that provides bonuses when evaluations show progress.

More than 1,200 families in South Carolina now receive Nurse-Family Partnership intervention. It involves pairing registered nurses with first-time mothers on Medicaid. The nurses make home visits from early in a mother’s pregnancy through the child’s second birthday.

The announcement means 3,200 additional mothers will receive help over the next four years. South Carolina ranks fifth-worst in child poverty, with 27 percent of all children living in families with incomes below the federal poverty level.

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