Healthy Steps

Do you ever wonder …

  • How do I respond to my child's behavior, such as crying, tantrums, biting, hitting?
  • What is the best way to introduce my child to solid foods or toilet training?
  • How will I know when he’s ready?
  • Where can I go to get help with food and housing during hard times?
  • How do I cope as a parent when I feel sad or overwhelmed?

Parenthood can be overwhelming whether you're facing a lack of sleep with a newborn or working through a tough time with your toddler. The Center for Pediatric Medicine, part of Children's Hospital of Greenville Health System, offers a free program for parents of newborns called Healthy Steps that can provide support as you face challenges.

Healthy Steps specialists focus on the importance of a child's first three years of life. They specialize in child development and help parents address issues such as crying, toilet training, sleeping and discipline.

The program also aims to improve the relationships between parents and children and between parents and pediatric practices.


  • Educational materials on every stage of your child's development and growth
  • Optional home visits when your child is 1 month old, 9 months, 1 year, 11/2, 2 and 2 1/2 years   old
  • A Healthy Steps specialist at many well-baby checkups
  • Free books offered by Reach Out and Read that promote reading for young children
  • Newsletters providing information on illness prevention, safety measures and helpful community resources
  • Referrals to any needed specialists

To learn more, please contact one of our Health Steps specialists at the Center for Pediatric Medicine:

  • Lisa Edwards, RN • (864) 220-8901 • (864) 546-0149 cell
  • Sara Ostendorff, RN • (864) 220-7294 • (864) 380-2802 cell

For more information on Healthy Steps for Young Children, please visit our national site.

Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting is a program of Children's Trust of South Carolina. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The CFDA No. for S.C. Material, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting funds is CFDA: 93.505. Grant# D89MC6365.