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South Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral Network

The Division of Early Care and Education works with many agencies and organizations to help parents in South Carolina with child care-related questions. One of these agencies, South Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) helps parents choose care that is based on the family’s individual needs. They can also review a family’s financial assistance options and potential eligibility for child care programs.


Division of Early Care and Education

Parents often need help with child care decisions. From selecting the right program to seeking financial assistance for eligible families, the Division of Early Care and Education can help parents through a variety of programs including Child Care Licensing, ABC Quality, SC Voucher, Nutrition programs and others.

Search for child care programs by using the “Search Option” located on every page of this website or by clicking here.

Child Care Licensing ensures that child care programs meet health and safety standards. Child Care Licensing staff visit licensed providers on a regular basis. DSS investigates complaints made about all regulated providers. Information from these reports can help parents make informed choices about child care. If you would like to make a complaint about a child care provider click here to find out how.

The ABC Quality Program is South Carolina’s voluntary quality rating and improvement system. ABC Quality monitoring staff work with child care programs that choose to increase the quality of the care they provide. ABC staff observe and assess these programs and offer feedback. They also help child care providers access training and offer them grants to help them improve their facilities. When parents see an ABC Quality level they know where that provider stands with meeting quality standards.

The SC Voucher Program provides financial assistance to eligible families to help them pay for child care so that parents can work. Child care providers are paid for services based on their quality level, which is assigned by ABC Quality monitoring staff. Providers assigned higher quality levels (like level A) receive higher rates for caring for SC Voucher children. SC Voucher also helps to provide care for families who have children with special needs.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) gives meal reimbursements to child care and adult care providers for serving nutritious meals as a part of their program. Programs enrolled meet USDA guidelines for meals that help children grow and develop in a healthy way. Programs may provide breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks at no charge to families which can help make child and adult care programs more affordable.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is now located at the South Carolina Department of Education.  For more information, go to their website here.

Head Start is a comprehensive school readiness program serving children 0-5 that focuses on ensuring that they start school ready to learn. They offer many other services to these children and their families. Families may enroll their children in Head Start programs based on their income and a number of other factors. There are Head Start programs available in every county. 

For a listing of additional resources please click here.