Mission/Services

SC CCR&R helps parents find child care . . .

Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions families make, but all too often they must rely on word-of-mouth. The South Carolina Child Care Resource & Referral (SC-CCR&R) help parents take the guesswork out of choosing care by providing:

  • Referrals to local child care providers
  • information on state licensing requirements
  • information on availability of child care subsidies
  • Information on quality child care indicators

SC CCR&R provides guidance by phone, in person, and in other ways, such as the internet, that are tailored to each individual family.

SC CCR&R supports families in their effort to raise healthy

children by . . .

  • Talking with parents one-on-one.
  • Understanding the delicate balance of family life, particularly for low-income families.
  • Understanding that finding high-quality child care is just a first step to raising happy, healthy children.
  • Offering parenting workshops, early child development training, and newsletters.
  • Reaching out to parents with trusted, local information that enables them to make informed choices.

SC CCR&R builds the supply of child care by . . .

  • Providing an entry point to the child care field.
  • Helping child care providers meet licensing requirements.
  • Supporting child care providers by offering low-cost or free training in diverse topics like health & safety, child development, and sound business practices.
  • Working with local and state governments and the private sector to leverage resources for building and maintaining the supply of quality child care.

SC CCR&R improves the quality of child care by . . .

  • Providing ongoing professional development opportunities to child care providers and staff.
  • Supporting the ABC Quality, child development associate, and early childhood education programs.
  • Helping create financial incentives for education.
  • Advocating for better compensation for child care providers.

SC CCR&R bridges child care and education . . .

High-quality child care has many benefits, including preparing children for school. SC-CCR&R strives to create child care settings that help children grow and learn by:

  • Educating parents about early learning and the components of quality child care.
  • Informing communities about the important links between early learning and later success in school.
  • Making the connection between quality early childhood with workforce development.

SC CCR&R documents child care needs and trends by . . .

  • Gathering information to better understand family needs.
  • Acting as a major source of information about the local supply and cost of child care.
  • Tracking trends about the changing needs of families.

SC-CCR&R engage new partners by . . .

  • Reaching out to business leaders, law enforcement, pediatrics doctors, school teachers, and others.
  • Making child care an issue the entire community cares about.
  • Collaborating with other family support services to promote a holistic vision of child care that includes health, literacy, and special needs.

SC CCR&R tells the child care story by . . .

  • Providing research based data and information.
  • Documenting identified community needs .
  • Creating new strategies to meet those needs.
  • Bringing the voices of children, families, and child care providers to the public.