Program provides free childcare for a year to qualifying families in South Carolina

If you are in need of financial assistance for childcare, we can help through the new emergency subsidy program!

Free childcare program

As part of the state’s efforts to help families during the COVID-19 pandemic, South Carolina’s Department of Social Services (DSS) is offering childcare assistance to working parents. Childcare is FREE for up to 52 weeks for qualifying families. No paying up-front and no co-pays. Your childcare is 100% covered.

Who qualifies?

Parents or caregivers can receive free childcare for 52 weeks if they:

  • Currently working at least 15 hours a week or attending school or training.
  • Meet certain household income requirements (see table below).
Family Size 2 3 4 5 6
Monthly Gross Income Limit $0-4,310 $0-$5,430 $0-$6,550 $0-$7,670 $0-$8,790
Annual Gross Income Limit $0-$51,720 $0-$65,150 $0-$78,600 $0-$92,040 $0-$105,480

How do I get started?

  1. Contact us immediately if you need care! For a list of local schools, visit our Location Finder.
  2. Complete the DSS Child Care Application and email it to In your email, include your first and last name, your phone number, and documentation for wage or school verification.

Is this program time sensitive?

Yes! The program is based on funding availability. There are a limited number of subsidies that can be awarded. The earlier you apply, the better.

Help spread the word

Many families in need of safe childcare don’t know about this program. Please share and help spread the word!

This assistance is available at all open, licensed childcare centers in South Carolina, not just The Sunshine House. Help other working families get the support they need by spreading the word today.


Helpful Links:

Link to DSS childcare application

Link to DSS childcare program announcement


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