Children Can’t Learn When They’re Sick

Children in high-poverty/high-potential neighborhoods already face a litany of barriers to learning. Physical and mental health issues, particularly if they inhibit school-day attendance, are among the most damaging.

That’s why Charleston Promise Neighborhood and the Medical University of South Carolina established KidsWell – pediatric clinics right there in the schools.

KidsWell School-Based Clinics

Convenient school-based clinics affect both the health and education of students, and reduce potential barriers to access, including transportation and the need for their parents to miss work.

Does it Work?

  • Research by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that students at schools with health clinics have more access to care.
  • Numerous studies have linked improved student health to better academic outcomes.kidswell 2017 updates

    When you support Charleston Promise Neighborhood, you help provide:

  • A full-time pediatrician to support our community’s most vulnerable students
  • Expedited wellness screenings for vision, hearing and dental
  • Diagnosis, treatment and prescriptions
  • Assistance with referrals to school resources to help with benefits enrollment
  • Hunger amelioration, obesity prevention and physical fitness
  • Access to immediate tele-health services (where available)
  • How to Enroll Your Child in KidsWell

    School-Based Health Centers are located at five CCSD schools including: Burns Elementary, Chicora School of Communications, James Simons Elementary, Mary Ford Elementary and Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts School.

    If you are a parent with a child attending one of these five schools, download and return the Enrollment Form Package to your school nurse.

    To make an appointment or for more information, call or text KidsWell Nurse Stephanie Merrell at 843-754-7670.