Child Care Scholarship Programs

Qualifying South Carolina families may have access to child care scholarships from the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS). The primary financial assistance program at this time is known as the SC Working Families Child Care Scholarship.

Phone: (800) 476-0199

Learn More About Child Care Scholarships

Head Start and Early Head Start

A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families.

Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

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.

Apply for TANF

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: (800) 616-1309

Apply for SNAP  

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: (855) 472-3432

Find Your Local WIC Office


Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals.

Phone: (888) 549-0820

Find Your Local Medicaid Office

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: (888) 549-0820

Find Your Local SCHIP Office

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP helps low-income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

Find Your Local LIHEAP Office