CONTACT: Jacki Garbinsky 803-640-2350    [email protected]  

(COLUMBIA, SC March 26, 2021) – Family Connection of South Carolina (FCSC) will host a drive-through event to celebrate graduates of the Parents as Teachers program and to welcome newly enrolled members to the program. The drive-through event will be held on March 31st from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church located at 481 Hood Center Drive in Rock Hill.   

Family Connection’s Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a unique educational program for parents of young children. PAT is a free, voluntary program that provides parents with information related to child development prenatal through five years of age. PAT-certified parent educators, trained in child development, help parents understand what to expect at each stage of their child’s development and offer practical tips on ways to encourage learning, manage challenging behaviors, and promote strong parent-child relationships. PAT is available to families in York, Lancaster, Chester, and Chesterfield counties. For enrollment information, parents may call Family Connection at 1-800-578-8750 Monday – Friday from 8:30 – 5:30 or contact Brittany Grooms at [email protected] 

The drive-through celebration will include a station where graduates receive a thank you gift, and new members receive a welcome bag. The next station will include an activity for children that participants can do in their car. Socially distanced photo opportunities will also be available. 

“Parents are their children’s first and most important teacher, we want to ensure all parents have the necessary tools to thrive and support their families” says Brittany Grooms, Director of Home Visitation. “It’s important that we celebrate the efforts that parents make to be their best selves for themselves and their children. We want our parents to know we appreciate the work that they do for their children.”

About Family Connection of South Carolina

For 30 years, Family Connection of South Carolina has been changing lives by making connections, raising awareness, and promoting inclusion for those with disabilities and healthcare needs. We offer programs and services to ensure parents, professionals, and caregivers have access to resources to help children reach their full potential. Our work focuses on five key areas: Parent Support, Healthcare, Education, Training and Advocacy. For more information visit or call 800-578-8750.