News and Announcements

The New Early Learning Standards are Here! Webinars will be held to explain the new features and standards. Sign up today as space is limited! For More information click here.

Dream On Me Recalls Crib & Toddler Bed Mattresses Due to Violation of Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. For more information, click here

New Legislation for Family Child Care Homes (FCCH) takes effect July 1, 2017 and and it will require 10 hours of training instead of 2 hours of training for licensed and registered family child care providers.  Click here for more information. 

NEW Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Online Application is now available. For information on CACFP click here.  For more information on the online application click here

The Governor's Advisory Committee on the Regulation of Child Care Facilities meeting will be held on January 23, 2018 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the DSS North Tower Building located at 1535 Confederate Ave. Extension, Room 307-310, Columbia, SC 29201.   

Click here to review the Proposed Public and Private Child Care Center Regulations.

NEW SC Health and Safety Pre-Service Course (26 hours) for Early Care and Education Professionals. Click here to register for the online training.

Congratulations ABC Child Care Programs recognized for promoting, protecting, and supporting breastfeeding.  For more information click here.

Child care providers are growing their quality with ABC.  Click here to see who recently moved up or moved in at Level B or above!!!

New Healthier CACFP Meal Standards.  Click here for more information.

Get Measles and Flu Information

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The Division of Early Care and Education is a division of the South Carolina Department of Social Services

News and Announcements

The New Early Learning Standards are Here! Webinars will be held to explain the new features and standards. Sign up today as space is limited! For More information click here.

Dream On Me Recalls Crib & Toddler Bed Mattresses Due to Violation of Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. For more information, click here

New Legislation for Family Child Care Homes (FCCH) takes effect July 1, 2017 and and it will require 10 hours of training instead of 2 hours of training for licensed and registered family child care providers.  Click here for more information. 

NEW Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Online Application is now available. For information on CACFP click here.  For more information on the online application click here

The Governor's Advisory Committee on the Regulation of Child Care Facilities meeting will be held on January 23, 2018 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the DSS North Tower Building located at 1535 Confederate Ave. Extension, Room 307-310, Columbia, SC 29201.   

Click here to review the Proposed Public and Private Child Care Center Regulations.

NEW SC Health and Safety Pre-Service Course (26 hours) for Early Care and Education Professionals. Click here to register for the online training.

Congratulations ABC Child Care Programs recognized for promoting, protecting, and supporting breastfeeding.  For more information click here.

Child care providers are growing their quality with ABC.  Click here to see who recently moved up or moved in at Level B or above!!!

New Healthier CACFP Meal Standards.  Click here for more information.

Get Measles and Flu Information

More News and Announcements
The Division of Early Care and Education is a division of the
South Carolina Department of Social Services
Contact Us

Early Care and Education

P.O. Box 1520 Columbia, SC 29202-1520
Phone: 803-898-2570


CHILD CARE PROVIDERS - if you experience damage or closure due to an emergency or disaster, please call the DSS Division of Early Care and Education at:

1-888-825-7174 (EMERGENCY LINE)

Child care providers should call to:

- Report damage to your facility (Child Care Licensing must approve any temporary measures taken to repair damage, in order to ensure the health and safety of children.)

- Report closure due to an emergency or disaster

- Request ability to expand capacity to care for children from facilities affected by an emergency or disaster (Child Care Licensing must approve expanded capacity before a provider can implement it.)

VOUCHER CLIENTS: If you have questions about child care vouchers, please call 1-800-476-0199.

WEATHER ADVISORIES: Please check your local news outlets for additional information. 

Links:

National Weather Site (NOAA)

DSS Disaster Response

SC Emergency Management Division