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Podcast: 'Hello Family' program to support parents, young children launching in January

Thursday, December 2

Program will provide free evidence based early childhood support tools citywide


It's been on the City's priority list for years, and in January, an innovative, first-of-its-kind coordinated group of support systems that will seek to improve outcomes for young children and their families in Spartanburg will become a reality as the City and its partners launch the Hello Family program.

Designed to significantly improve child wellbeing, boost future prosperity, and provide quantifiable financial benefits to our community well in excess of its cost, Hello Family will provide, at a full citywide scale, free universal nurse home visiting, free evidence-based parent education and support tools, and significantly enhanced early learning opportunities.


Based on the work of James J. Heckman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist who found that investing in programs targeted at the earliest years of life yield the most lasting and cost-effective results, Hello Family seeks to improve birth outcomes, reduce child abuse and neglect, and improve kindergarten readiness throughout the City. Today on the podcast, we're talking with Bryan Boroughs, Vice President and General Counsel with the Institute for Child Success and Keisha Gray, Program Director of Early Childhood Development with Mary Black Foundation about how Hello Family will work and when you can expect to see this transformative program launch in Spartanburg.


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