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Worker Qualifications
Staff: Must be at least 18 years old and able to read and write. Must have a high school diploma or GED and at least 6 months experience as a caregiver in a licensed/approved facility and complete 6 hours of training in child growth and development/early childhood education within 6 months of hiring.

Provider /Child Ratio
Age Range Ratios for Center Based Care in South Carolina
Infants (1:6)
1 - 2 years (1:6)
2 - 3 years (1:10)
3 - 4 years (1:13)
4 - 5 years (1:18)
5 - 6 years (1:21)
6 - 12 years (1:23)
Mixed age groups as indicated
Age Range Ratios for Family Child Care in South Carolina
All ages

(1:6) includes family members under age 12

Contact Information
Child Care Licensing Agency
South Carolina Department of Social Services
Child Care Licensing
2638 Two Notch Road, Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone: (803) 898-9020
Fax: (803) 898-9029
South Carolina Daycare Listings
Child Care Subsidy Agency
South Carolina Department of Social Services
Division of Child Care Services
P.O. Box 1520
Columbia, SC 29202-1520
Phone: (803) 898-2570
Toll Free: (800) 476-0199 (within-state)
Fax: (803) 898-7625
Head Start - State Collaboration Office
South Carolina Department of Social Services
1535 Confederate Avenue, 3rd Floor
Columbia, SC, 29201
Phone: (803) 898-2550
Fax: (803) 898-4458
Child Care Food Program Agency
South Carolina Department of Social Services
1535 Confederate Avenue
Post Office Box 1520
Columbia, South Carolina 29202
Phone: (803) 898-0958
Fax: (803) 898-0960
State Child Care Resource & Referral Contact
South Carolina Child Care Resource & Referral Network
2711 Middleburg Drive
Columbia, SC 20205
Phone: (803) 360-6869
Fax: (803) 799-1571
Office of Child Support Enforcement
Child Support Enforcement Division, Department of Social Services
P.O.Box 1469
Columbia, South Carolina 29202-1469
Phone: (803) 898-9210
Fax: (803) 898-9201
Toll-Free: (800) 768-5858

Child Abuse Reporting Hotline
To report suspected child abuse in South Carolina, call the Regional Office of the Department of Social Services at (800) 722-2737. National (800) 422-4453

For national child abuse information, call the Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline (staffed 24 hours daily with professional crisis counselors): 1-800-4-A-CHILD or 1-800-2-A-CHILD (T.D.D)

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