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Tidelands Health and three other not-for-profit agencies are partnering with the Children’s Trust of South Carolina in a new effort aimed at supporting parents and improving childhood outcomes in Georgetown County.

South Strand News

Children’s Trust selected Tidelands Health, Black River United Way, Children’s Recovery Center and the Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation to coordinate implementation of the Positive Parenting Program, known as Triple P, in Georgetown County.

Supported by a grant from The Duke Endowment, the goal of the partnership is to build a cohesive system of parenting support to meet the needs of families in Georgetown County. The four community partners will work with service organizations across the county, including medical practices, libraries, schools and churches, to build and sustain the effort.

“Serving as a partner in this program is one of the many ways our health system is reaching outside the walls of our care locations to support health and wellness in the communities we serve,” said Bruce Bailey, president and CEO of Tidelands Health. “We work every day with our partner agencies in a shared effort to meet our region’s health needs.”

Triple P is an evidence-based parenting program that offers practical strategies to help parents build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage their children’s behavior and promote positive childhood development. Triple P has been shown to work across cultures, socioeconomic groups and in many kinds of family structures.

Over the next three years, the Children’s Trust estimates the total investment in the Triple P program in Georgetown County to reach more than $1.7 million, including community capacity coaching, evaluation and communications infrastructure, communications materials, social norms research and administrative support.

To ensure this investment reaches its full potential, the Georgetown County effort will benefit from guidance from national Triple P implementation experts from Triple P America and The Impact Center at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute within the University of North Carolina.

The four community partners will be sharing information in the months to come about how community-based service organizations can be involved in delivering Triple P to families across Georgetown County. Organizations and individuals interested in learning more about Triple P in Georgetown County should contact Stacy Nance, Triple P community capacity coach at snance@scchildren.org or 803-744-4034.

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