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Registered Faith-Based Child Care Centers

What you need to know

  • A child care program sponsored by a religious organization must be Registered and has the option to become Licensed. If this type of program chooses to be Licensed, it must meet the requirements listed for a Licensed Child Care Center.
  • At least two (2) qualified staff members must be at the facility at all times children are present.
  • The Center Director/Co-Director must be at least 21 years old and meet Educational Requirements.
  • A Co-Director is required for facilities that operate more than 12 hours per day.
  • A Registration becomes void if you move, or if the ownership or sponsorship changes. You must contact the Child Care Licensing Regional Office for your county.
  • A $50 Licensing Fee is due in January after a Registration is issued and every two (2) years thereafter.

Application Process

  1. Attend Orientation (Call the Child Care Licensing Regional Office for your county to sign-up for Orientation).
  2. Submit Zoning Approval to the Child Care Licensing Regional Office for your county.
  3. Submit architectural plans to DSS Child Care Fire and Health Safety at the Child Care Licensing Central Office:
    Child Care Licensing
    P.O. Box 1520
    Columbia, SC 29202-1520
  4. Complete the following forms and mail them to the Child Care Licensing Regional Office for your county. Click the form number to open a copy of the form.
    • Application to Operate a Child Care Facility (DSS Form 2902) and Original or Continuing Registration Study for a Facility Operated by a Religious Body or Group (DSS Form 2944).
    • Health – Fire Inspection Request (DSS Form 2905).
    • Evidence of Non-Conviction and Statement of Compliance (DSS Form 2925) for the operator and all staff members – This form must be notarized.
    • Three (3) letters of reference for the director.
    • Staff List (DSS Form 2964) – Include director and at least two staff members.
    • Consent to Release Information Forms (DSS Form 2924) for the operator, all caregivers, and all Household Members over the age of 18. Use Full Names (No Initials) on these forms. Mail these forms with a check or money order ($8.00 per person) made payable to SCDSS to the Child Care Licensing Central Office at the address below. You may also mail the forms to the address below and pay $8.00 per person online by clicking here  (make sure you complete the online payment section of the form if you pay online).
      Child Care Licensing
      P.O. Box 1520
      Columbia, SC 29202-1520
  5. Have State and Federal fingerprint checks completed on the operator, all other caregivers, and all household members 15 years and older.Only scanned prints are now accepted. Click here  for more information on scanned fingerprints.
  6. DSS Child Care Licensing will conduct an Inspection. Have the following on file for the inspection:
    • First Aid/CPR Certification to cover all hours of operation.
    • Medical Statements (DSS Form 2901) for operator, all other caregivers, and all Household Members.
    • Health Assessments (DSS Form 2926) for operator, all other caregivers, and all Household Members
    • Training Records including blood – borne pathogens training as required by OHSA (Required for renewals only).