First Five SC transforms the way families access publicly-funded early childhood programs and services in South Carolina. Through a single online portal, families and their advocates can find information about child care, health, early intervention, nutrition, and parenting support programs in their area. A single online application makes it easy to apply for multiple programs in just a few minutes.

What Is The Purpose?

First Five SC engages parents and caregivers as active partners in making South Carolina’s early childhood system work for young children and families. By streamlining the search and application process, First Five SC helps families better understand their options and choose the programs and services that best meet their needs. As a project of the South Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC), a collaborative, interagency body representing the state’s early childhood system, First Five SC works to support their mission of supporting families and helping young children thrive.

Who Does It Serve?

Parenting young children is multifaceted and families are usually dealing with more than one need at any given time. First Five SC accommodates the real life complexities of families by providing cohesion between publicly funded early childhood programs and services in South Carolina with one singular application for families. By answering a few questions, families and their advocates can locate publicly funded early childhood services that they may qualify for in their area and apply for all applicable services in one application online..

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