Help Has Arrived!
Help has arrived for families and teachers in the areas of pediatrics, child care inclusion, child nutrition, speech-language disorder or delays, and our state’s child care quality improvement system! This is the place for families and infant and toddler professionals to go to ask questions and receive free professional feedback.
Got questions about a healthy weight, healthy eating or anything about child nutrition? Ask our Registered and Licensed Dietitian.
Do you need assistance accessing information and resources regarding children with special needs and appropriate modifications in child care settings? Ask our Early Care and Education Inclusion Specialist.
Need some assistance with disorders or delays in articulation, fluency, voice, receptive language, expressive language, pragmatic language, oral motor skills and/or swallowing? Ask our ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologist.
Are you struggling with staying up to date on current medical needs for your child? Do you need additional support regarding your child’s physical well-being? Ask our Board-Certified Pediatrician.
Do you need further information or clarification regarding our state’s child care quality improvement system? Ask our ABC Program Expert now.
Ask Our Registered and Licensed Dietitian
Jennifer Popadiuk, RD,LD
Registered and Licensed Dietitian
Jennifer Popadiuk is a nationally registered and licensed Dietitian in the state of Georgia. Jennifer earned a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University and completed a Dietetic Internship with Emory University Hospitals. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is ServSafe certified.
Jennifer currently serves as the Nutrition Project Manager with Bright from the Start. In this position, Jennifer is committed to reducing and preventing childhood obesity in Georgia. Her role in the department is to help early childcare providers implement wellness initiatives and healthy changes within their childcare centers. Jennifer serves as a vital resource to childcare centers providing guidance with regards to nutrition and physical activity standards for preschoolers.
Ask Our Inclusion Specialist
Jennie Couture, M.A.
Early Care and Education Inclusion Specialist
Jennie Couture is an Early Care and Education Inclusion Specialist and has more than thirty years of experience providing educational and behavioral support to children with learning disabilities, social-emotional challenges, sensory impairments and multiple disabilities.
Jennie has her Master’s in Learning Disabilities from Georgia College and State University. She has vast experience in development and administration of private and state-funded programs including hospital-based educational services, outpatient psychotherapy programs for children, adolescents and adults, home-based services to children and families in natural environments.
Ask Our ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologist
ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologist
Michele Martin, a fully PITC certified Infant Toddler Specialist, has been with the SC PITC Network since 2011, working with child care programs in the Midlands area. She has 30 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of settings including 12 years’ experience working as Director of an early childhood school readiness initiative and as Director of a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R) as well as 15 years’ experience working with Head Start centers. Michele is a Master Certified Trainer and Level 2 Certified Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) with the S.C. Center for Child Care Career Development and is also a S.C. licensed, ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She earned a B.A. degree from Columbia College and a M.S. degree from the University of Alabama.
Ask Our Board-Certified Pediatrician
Deborah Greenhouse, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Deborah Greenhouse has been a practicing pediatrician at Palmetto Pediatric Clinic in Columbia, SC since 1992. She received her undergraduate degree from Clemson University. In 1989 she earned her medical degree from Emory University and completed her pediatrics residency at Richland Memorial Hospital in 1992. She has also been a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine since 1992.
Dr. Greenhouse serves as the president of the S.C. Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She also sits on the S.C. Medical Association Obesity Task Force and the S.C. DHEC Immunization Advisory Council. She is a member and past chairperson of the Richland 2 School District Medical Advisory Committee.
Ask Our ABC Program Expert
Noelle Patrick McInerney
ABC Program Expert
Noelle Patrick McInerney has been in the early care and education field for 24 years. She began her career as a public school teacher in rural South Carolina, where she implemented the county’s first full day Kindergarten. Additionally, Noelle’s experience includes working as a child care director, technical assistance provider, child care trainer and quality assurance monitor. She currently serves as one of the managers for ABC Child Care – South Carolina’s Quality Improvement System.
Noelle received a BS degree in Early Childhood Education from Winthrop College in 1989, an MEd. in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina in 2007 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Early Childhood at the University of South Carolina. She is South Carolina certified as a Master Trainer and Generalist II TA Provider and Professional Teacher B-4th Grade.
Ask Our SCDSS Child Care Licensing Expert
SCDSS Child Care Licensing Expert
Bob Howard has been with SCDSS for over 19 years and has served the past five years as the Program Manager in the Central Office of Child Care Licensing. His main function is policy development and he coordinates the policy meetings and word-crafts the policies for the Child Care Licensing manual. Bob participates with Central Office staff and the Region Supervisors in the development of procedures and serves as a consultant to the regions through the coordination of staffing issues with the supervisors and his coworkers in the Central Office.
Bob reviews all staff requests for administrative reconsideration of deficiency citations and drafts correspondence for the director. Much of what he does is problem resolution through interpretation of the statutes and regulations. Bob’s main project in 2011 concentrated in the implementation of the new CPSC standards for cribs.
Before moving to Columbia, Bob was the Region Supervisor for the Charleston region for almost 10 years, and before that he worked in Child Protective Services for almost 5 years. Prior to joining SCDSS, Bob worked as an alcohol and drug Clinical Counselor for the Charleston County Substance Abuse Commission and was a Clinical Counselor in the Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at MUSC.
Bob earned his BS in Psychology from the College of Charleston in 1978 and also served in the Navy for two terms and the Air Force.
Ask Our Licensed Physical Therapist
Licensed Physical Therapist
Stephanie Delk is a Licensed Physical Therapist who resides in Virginia and is employed at Child Development Resources, a nationally recognized Early Intervention agency that provides services for children from birth to three years of age who have disabilities or delays in their development.
Stephanie holds a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Evansville, and a Masters Degree in Human Movement Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has over 19 years of experience in the field and has practiced in a wide variety of settings including pediatric hospitals, outpatient centers, Neonatal Intensive Care Units, school systems, and early intervention programs. She especially enjoys working with children and families in their homes and natural environments.
Ask Our Chief Fire Marshal
Chief Fire Marshal
Frank Maples is Chief Fire Marshal for the S.C. Department of Social Services. His responsibilities include conducting fire and health safety inspections of child care facilities across South Carolina. He supervises a staff of 6 fire marshals.
Frank studied business administration at North Greenville Junior College. He began his firefighting career in 1984 with the City of Columbia Fire Department. He has served as fire marshal, inspector and investigator. Active in many professional organizations, he is past president of the South Carolina Fire Marshals Association.