Child Care Financial Assistance
Currently, more South Carolina households than ever are eligible for financial assistance from the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) to help with the costs of quality child care. The newest 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 $83,250 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 of financial assistance you are eligible for will be determined by factors including your provider’s tuition rate, their ABC Quality level and your child’s age.
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.
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 TANF, homeless, dual language learners and others. For more information, contact the Child Care Financial Assistance Operations Center at (800) 476-0199.