Child Care Financial Assistance

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 is known as COVID-300.

Who can apply for COVID-300 financial assistance?

To qualify, 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

Financial assistance for child care is also available to support children ages 13 to 18 in certain circumstances: those who have disabilities, developmental delays or who are in foster care.

How much is available?

If you quality and are approved, financial assistance will be provided in direct payments to your child care provider for up to 52 weeks. Financial assistance may cover all or a portion of child care costs. The amount you receive will be determined by your family size and income. You can further increase the assistance you receive by choosing a high-performing ABC Quality provider.

Where can it be used?

Payments will only be made to licensed, registered or exempt ABC Quality providers. Why? Children in ABC Quality-rated programs are more likely to experience high quality child care in a setting that’s suited for their needs. See if your provider is part of ABC Quality.

COVID-300 Details & Application

Are there other forms of financial assistance for child care?

Yes. Funding to offset the cost of child care is available through other programs and categories such as TANFF, homeless, dual language learners and others. For more information, conttact the Child Care Financial Assistance Operations Center at (800) 476-0199.

Learn more about SC Child Care's Financial Assistance program, apply for financial assistance, or contact the Division of Early Child Care and Education for details.



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