In 1980, Epworth Children’s Home, a residential child care agency of the SC United Methodist Conference since 1896, responded to the needs presented by a group of parents of young children who had developmental disabilities. This group needed a preschool program that offered specialized services for their children. Working closely with the parents and community, Epworth developed a model preschool program designed for children who have developmental delays, diagnosed disabilities and those who are at – risk for developmental delays. Additionally, children without developmental delays were also included.
Over the years, Epworth has added Home-Based Intervention and Respite Care to the services offered to children with developmental delays/disabilities who live in the Columbia area.