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Child Care Licensing

  • Licensing regulates approximately 3,000 child care facilities to help providers build healthy, safe environments for children:
    • Licensed Centers
    • Approved (publicly funded) Centers
    • Registered Faith-Based Centers
    • Group Child Care Homes
    • Licensed Family Child Care Homes
    • Registered Family Child Care Homes
  • Licensing inspects child care facilities for compliance with laws and regulations, including inspections conducted by Fire and Health Safety Inspectors.
  • Licensing conducts state and federal background checks on all staff members who work in regulated child care facilities. This includes checks of the Central Registry for Child Abuse and Neglect and the SLED Sex Offender Database on staff members who work in regulated facilities and Family, Friend and Neighbor providers enrolled in the SC Voucher Program.
  • Licensing conducts at least two unannounced visits every year to assist child care providers in meeting all laws and regulations.
  • Licensing investigates complaints against regulated facilities and those operating without a license or registration.
  • Licensing helps providers access technical assistance, services, and grants to keep their license and to improve the quality of care.
  • Licensing develops child care regulations in partnership with providers and parents.


Child Care Licensing Region Map

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Map of South Carolina with Counties


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