What is First Five SC?
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. The single online application makes it easy to check your eligibility in just a few minutes for more than 40 services.
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, a collaborative, interagency body representing the state’s early childhood system, First Five SC works to support its 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.
Everyone can share information about First Five SC
We all have a role to play in supporting our communities and families—First Five SC can help connect families you know to publicly funded programs that help young children and their parents.
First Five SC has thousands of visitors each month, and we want everyone to be able to find great information about public programs.
One easy way is to follow us on Facebook, then tag friends in comments, and share posts with your network.
You can download outreach materials to share, images for your webpages, and see FAQs below.
Want print materials to share at events such as health fairs, parent groups, festivals and celebrations? Use our order form at the bottom of the Share page on First 5 SC, https://first5sc.org/share-first-five-sc.