The Division of Early Care and Education is a division of the South Carolina Department of Social Services that manages all state and federal child care programs, and serves as the single point of contact for federal child care dollars in South Carolina.

The mission of the division is to make child care more available and affordable to parents, and to increase the quality of care for all children in the state.

South Carolina Division of Early Care and Education consists of five major programs:

Download the Programs Brochure

Contact Information

Child Care Operations Center
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Closed on State Holidays
Client Number: (800) 476-0199
Provider Number: (800) 262-4416
Complaint Line: (800) 763-2223

Mailing Address:
Child Care Scholarship Program
P.O. Box 100160
Columbia, SC 29202-3160

Child Care Licensing Central Office
Central Office: (803) 898-9020
Toll-Free: (800) 556-7445
Fax: (803) 898-9029

ABC Quality
Toll-Free:(800) 763-2223

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Toll-Free: (888) 834-8096
Main Line: (803) 898-0959
Monitoring: (803) 898-0971

SC Endeavors
Toll-Free: (866) 845-1555
Main Line: (864) 250-8581
Fax: (864) 250-8960

State Office
Main Line: (803) 898-2570
Disaster Line: (888) 825-7174 (Toll-Free)