Coming in late 2021, First 5 South Carolina is a one-stop-shop online search tool to find publicly-funded early childhood services and resources in South Carolina. By answering a few questions, families and their advocates can locate which services for children birth through five that they may qualify for in their area. Services are provided by the member agencies of the Early Childhood Advisory Council, associated agencies, and an array of non-profit partners.

What Is The Purpose?

First 5 will increase parent knowledge of the wide variety of services that are available to them and their young children and also assist them in accessing those services.

Who Does It Serve?

First 5 will provide an easy to remember website where families and the professionals helping them navigate the system can quickly and easily find what they need and in many cases, even determine their eligibility to receive services.

Early Childhood Services

Increased access = Increased potential for South Carolina's Children


Child Care & Early Education


Health & Safety


Special Needs & Early Intervention


Food & Nutrition


Parenting & Family Support

South Carolina Healthy Connections Choices South Carolina Department of Social Services South Carolina Department of Education South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control SC First Steps South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs Children's Trust of South Carolina SC Head Start