BabyNet program restructured out of DHEC

Gov. Mark Sanford is again moving to restructure some parts of state government. The governor late last week issued an Executive Order placing the federally funded BabyNet program under the control of South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness.
Until now the program has been under the Department of Health and Environmental Control.
South Carolina First Steps is devoted solely to meeting the needs of infants and toddlers with developmental challenges. Gov. Sanford says the BabyNet program aligns far more closely with the core mission of First Steps,” and is a better use of taxpayer dollars.”
BabyNet was originally established to enhance the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities. It also helps to reduce educational costs for the families and to minimize the likelihood of the child being institutionalized.
A DHEC spokesman says this move should not mean any change or disruption to services provided to children through BabyNet.