Child Care Scholarships - SC First Steps

Child Care Scholarships

Eligible children receive tuition-free enrollment at quality child care centers

Evidence Informed

Through First Steps and DSS-funded child care scholarships, eligible children receive tuition-free enrollment at quality child care centers.

This map only shows programs funded by South Carolina First Steps. For more information about services available in your area, contact your local First Steps partnership.

Who it Serves

Contact your local First Steps for eligibility information.

Ages 0-3

Families with babies and toddlers

Ages 3-5

Families with preschool-aged children

How It Works

Scholarship funds are paid directly to child care centers to serve eligible children.

2 Generation Approach

Education and support for the whole family

Target Outcomes

Access to quality early care and education improves school readiness and long-term academic outcomes, and provides parents with the opportunity to work or attend school.

Community Impact 2022


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