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South Carolina wants the best for its children and that means ensuring a safe, nurturing environment in which they can grow up healthy and happy. To help child care providers create and maintain this type of program, the Division of Early Care and Education provides many services. Among them, we:

  • License and monitor child care facilities.
  • Provide technical assistance, training and grants to ensure safe and healthy environments and to improve the quality of services to children in care.
  • Provide information to facilities about the services available to them.
  • Assist providers in opening new facilities.
  • Provide education to caregivers regarding child development, health and safety standards, and quality child care issues.
  • Investigate complaints about child care programs and programs operating without a license (illegally).

The Division of Early Care and Education includes many services, including Child Care Licensing, ABC Quality, SC Voucher, the Nutrition programs, and the Center for Child Care Career Development.

Child Care Licensing ensures the health and safety of children in child care facilities subject to South Carolina laws and regulations.

The ABC Quality Program is a voluntary program that helps providers achieve higher standards of quality in caring for the children they serve.

The SC Voucher Program makes payments to child care providers to care for children from low-income families so their parents can work.

The SC Endeavors is the professional development system for South Carolina’s child care workforce and helps child care providers access education and training.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) gives meal reimbursements to eligible child care and adult care providers for serving nutritious meals and snacks as a part of their program.

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


The Division of Early Care and Education is committed to ensuring that our state will succeed in protecting our children and the bright futures that lie ahead of them. This can only happen with the care and commitment of countless parents, state officials, and licensed child care providers.

If you need more information, please Click here to find out how to contact us.