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Financial Assistance Programs for Eligible Families


SC Voucher ProgramSC Voucher is a DSS program that makes payments to child care providers to care for children from low-income families so their parents can work.

Phone: 1(800) 476-0199

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): TANF is a DSS program that provides cash assistance, supportive services, and training and employment opportunities to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency.

Phone: 1(800) 616-1309                                          
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Head Start and Early Head StartA federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families.

Phone: (843) 332-1135 or (843) 332-3923                                           
Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs.

Phone: Contact your local office      
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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): SNAP is a DSS program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, that serves as the foundation of America's national nutrition safety net, working to end hunger and improve the health of low-income families.

Phone: 1(800) 616-1309                                       
Find Your Local Office 
Other Food Assistance Programs

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for 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.

Phone: 1(800) 868-0404                                     
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Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP): CACFP is a DSS program that reimburses child care providers for healthy meals and snacks served to children in their care.

Phone: (803) 898-0959

MedicaidFederal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

Phone: 1(888) 549-0820                                     
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State children’s health insurance programs (SCHIP)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.

Phone: 1(888) 549-0820                                           
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Early Intervention Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and
Part B Preschool Grants for Children with Disabilities


Easter Seals South CarolinaOffers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

Phone: (803) 256-0735



ARC of South CarolinaOffers special needs services that may include respite care, advocacy, training, and support groups

Phone: (803) 748-5020



Early Intervention – BabyNet (administered by FirstSteps): Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

Phone: 1(877) 621-0865



Center for Parent Information and Resources (English and Spanish)





Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  





Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation – Material for Families 

Social and Emotional Development from Birth to Preschool ES(Tips for Parents)






Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! - a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them. Written resources targeted at early care and education providers, early interventionists, early childhood special education providers, families, primary care providers, communities, child welfare, home visitors, behavioral health providers, and housing and homeless shelter providers can be accessed.