Every day, parents across South Carolina work to improve the lives of their families, neighbors and communities. One of those parents is Kaylee Byers.

Kaylee Byers and her daughter, Landree.

Kaylee Byers and her daughter, Landree.

Kaylee lives in Lake City with her 9-month-old daughter, Landree. Kaylee recently shared how her participation in the home visiting program, Nurse-Family Partnership, impacts her parenting journey and informs the ways she interacts with her daughter.

Nurse-Family Partnership connects great nurses with moms expecting their first baby, beginning in pregnancy until the child turns two years old. It is implemented by McLeod Health, a funded partner of Children’s Trust.

What parenting advice would you give your younger self?

The parenting advice that I would give to my younger self would be to just enjoy it. They grow so fast. Take the time to enjoy the small things. Your child really will be your best friend and the greatest thing you never knew you needed.

How has Nurse-Family Partnership helped you as a parent?

Nurse-Family Partnership has helped me learn new ways to bond with my baby, beyond the normal daily activities like spending time together and playing. It has taught me ways to interact with her that are also beneficial to her.

What’s your favorite game or activity to play with your child?

My favorite activity is singing and dancing in the kitchen. We love music and dancing around. I love to hear her giggle and see the smile on her face when we dance!

Pictured are Kaylee and her daughter, Landree.

Children’s Trust administers the federal investment in home visiting for South Carolina – the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. Nurse-Family Partnership is one of three evidence-based home visiting models that Children’s Trust supports. Learn more about home visiting.