South Carolina Resources

Would you like to know more about child care licensing in your state or resources for children with special needs? Do you need to contact someone about child support, health care for your family, or help paying for food or heat? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Click a tab below to find those resources and more in South Carolina.

Child Care Resource & Referral Search

Looking for child care? Your local CCR&R agency can help you find options near your home or work.

Find out more about child care in your area. Click on the links below, or contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency for one-on-one help.

Child Care Licensing

Your local child care regulatory office

Phone: 1(800) 556-7445 or (803) 898-9020

Website Find Your Local Office

Provider Complaint Line: Call your regional licensing office

Inspection Reports

Find out what programs in your area are in compliance with licensing regulations

Website

State Child Care Landscape

Basic facts about child care in your area

State Child Care Landscape

South Carolina Child Care Information

Information and resources for parents looking for child care in South Carolina

Website

Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Reimburses child care providers for healthy meals and snacks

Website

Criminal Background Checks

Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

Website

Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) – ABC Quality

Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. These ratings can help families choose quality care and can assist child care providers to improve and communicate their quality.

Website

SC First Steps

Comprehensive early childhood agency focused on getting children ready for school and life success

Website

Palmetto Shared Services Alliance

A one-stop location for ECE professionals for policies, forms, regulations, guidance, discounts, and more to save time, reduce costs, and improve quality (Note: typically requires purchase of a subscription or membership)

Website

Discover resources that will provide more information regarding local services such as health care and child well-being.

Child Protective Services

To report suspected abuse, maltreatment, or neglect of a child

Phone: 1(888) 227-3487

Website

Child Support

Child support application and procedures for your state

Website

Medicaid Eligibility – Healthy Connections

Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

Website

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – Partners for Healthy Children

Federal-State health insurance program for children – available to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid. In some states, parents and pregnant women may also be covered.

Website

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

State government programs to promote the health of South Carolina citizens

Website

South Carolina Department of Social Services

State government programs and services for children and families

Website

Department of Mental Health

State government mental health resources that may offer community mental health services (may include individual, family, and marital counseling), behavioral health services, and substance abuse programs

Website

Car Seat Basics

Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

Website

Are you looking for help paying for child care? Buying groceries or diapers? Find out what assistance programs are offered locally.

Child Care Assistance – Child Care Scholarship Program

Child care financial assistance programs

Phone: 1(800) 476-0199

Website

South Carolina Head Start

A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families

Website

Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

Website

Find Your Local WIC Clinic

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

Website

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

Federal nutrition program

Website

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Helps low-income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

Website

Learn about valuable resources for parents of children with special needs.

Easter Seals South Carolina

Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

Website

The Arc of South Carolina

Offers special needs services that may include respite care, advocacy, training, and support groups

Website

Early Intervention – BabyNet

Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

Website

South Carolina Inclusion Collaborative

Help finding child care for children with special needs, training and technical assistance for child care providers to support the inclusion of children with disabilities/developmental delays in child care programs

Website

Kinship/Relative Caregiver Programs

Resources for children in the care of a relative, member of their tribe or clan, godparent, step-parent, or any adult who has a kinship bond with a child

Website

Find out more about child care in your area. Click on the links below, or contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency for one-on-one help.

Child Care Licensing

Your local child care regulatory office

Phone: 1(800) 556-7445 or (803) 898-9020

Website Find Your Local Office

Provider Complaint Line: Call your regional licensing office

Inspection Reports

Find out what programs in your area are in compliance with licensing regulations

Website

State Child Care Landscape

Basic facts about child care in your area

State Child Care Landscape

South Carolina Child Care Information

Information and resources for parents looking for child care in South Carolina

Website

Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Reimburses child care providers for healthy meals and snacks

Website

Criminal Background Checks

Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

Website

Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) – ABC Quality

Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. These ratings can help families choose quality care and can assist child care providers to improve and communicate their quality.

Website

SC First Steps

Comprehensive early childhood agency focused on getting children ready for school and life success

Website

Palmetto Shared Services Alliance

A one-stop location for ECE professionals for policies, forms, regulations, guidance, discounts, and more to save time, reduce costs, and improve quality (Note: typically requires purchase of a subscription or membership)

Website

Discover resources that will provide more information regarding local services such as health care and child well-being.

Child Protective Services

To report suspected abuse, maltreatment, or neglect of a child

Phone: 1(888) 227-3487

Website

Child Support

Child support application and procedures for your state

Website

Medicaid Eligibility – Healthy Connections

Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

Website

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – Partners for Healthy Children

Federal-State health insurance program for children – available to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid. In some states, parents and pregnant women may also be covered.

Website

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

State government programs to promote the health of South Carolina citizens

Website

South Carolina Department of Social Services

State government programs and services for children and families

Website

Department of Mental Health

State government mental health resources that may offer community mental health services (may include individual, family, and marital counseling), behavioral health services, and substance abuse programs

Website

Car Seat Basics

Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

Website

Are you looking for help paying for child care? Buying groceries or diapers? Find out what assistance programs are offered locally.

Child Care Assistance – Child Care Scholarship Program

Child care financial assistance programs

Phone: 1(800) 476-0199

Website

South Carolina Head Start

A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families

Website

Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

Website

Find Your Local WIC Clinic

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

Website

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

Federal nutrition program

Website

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Helps low-income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

Website

Learn about valuable resources for parents of children with special needs.

Easter Seals South Carolina

Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

Website

The Arc of South Carolina

Offers special needs services that may include respite care, advocacy, training, and support groups

Website

Early Intervention – BabyNet

Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

Website

South Carolina Inclusion Collaborative

Help finding child care for children with special needs, training and technical assistance for child care providers to support the inclusion of children with disabilities/developmental delays in child care programs

Website

Kinship/Relative Caregiver Programs

Resources for children in the care of a relative, member of their tribe or clan, godparent, step-parent, or any adult who has a kinship bond with a child

Website

If you find that any of the information above is incorrect, please contact us at info@childcareaware.org.

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