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What is the SC Voucher program?

The SC Voucher Program (formerly ABC Voucher) makes child care more affordable for families in need by making all or a portion of provider payments directly to child care providers so parents can work or attend school or training. Provider payments are received promptly, often 3–4 days after online submission, and participation unlocks access to grants and other support through ABC Quality.

The SC Voucher program helps families afford child care so parents can work, go to school, or get job training.  More than 1,500 child care providers across the state are enrolled to accept vouchers.

How to Qualify

Qualifying South Carolina families may have access to child care financial assistance from the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS). The primary financial assistance program at this time is known as COVID-300

What Families Need to Know

To qualify for COVID-300 financial assistance, parent(s) or guardian(s) must:

  • have a child or children between birth and 12 years of age 
  • work at least 15 hours per week or attend school or a training program 
  • have a gross income below 300% of the federal poverty level; for a family of four this would be up to $79,500 annually

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the application form and email it to In the email, please include your first and last name and the best telephone number to reach you during regular business hours. 

If you have questions about child care financial assistance or whether you meet the eligibility criteria, please email for assistance.

Apply for Child Care Financial Assistance

Contact Information

SC Voucher 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:
SC Voucher Program
P.O. Box 100160
Columbia, SC 29202-3160