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Federal Crib Standards

Beginning December 28, 2012, any crib provided by child care facilities and family child care homes must meet new and improved federal safety standards. The new standards take effect for manufacturers, retailers, importers and distributors on June 28, 2011.

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Bus Inspections

Federal law requires that all buses be inspected. The S.C. Department of Transportation is checking to see if these inspections are being done in child care facilities. Read Below for more information.

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CDC: Preventing Salmonella Infections

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have developed two documents with information on preventing Salmonella infections associated with pet ducks, chicks, reptiles, and amphibians.

Click here for the English version  of the pet duck and chicks pamphlet, and click here for the Spanish version.  

Click here for more information on reptiles and amphibians in child care.

 

Family Child Care Home (FCCH) Training Laws

SC Statute 63-13-825 requires all operators and staff of Family Child Care Homes to have 10 hours of DSS approved training each year. For more information, call the Licensing Central Office at 1-800-556-7445 or 803-898-9020.

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Child Care Provider Emergency Information

Emergency Toll Free Number: 1-888-825-7174

If you are a child care provider, and you experience damage due to the weather, please call the DSS Division of Early Care and Education at 1-888-825-7174. Staff will provide information about relocating children in your care to facilities that are open and have not been damaged.

Emergency Personnel who are working in areas affected by the weather and need information about available child care can also call the DSS Division of Early Care and Education at 1-888-825-7174.

Providers who need to hire emergency staff to maintain staff:child ratios, please call the DSS Division of Early Care and Education at 1-888-825-7174.

Please note: if children who need to be relocated are SC Voucher children, please make DSS staff aware when you call the emergency number.

 

Note on Inspections

Centers, Group Homes, and Licensed Family Homes: In 2014, legislation was passed that changed the number of unannounced visits from two per year to one per year in Child Care Centers, Group Child Care Homes, and Licensed Family Child Care Homes. As a result of this new law, you may see a decrease in the number of deficiencies listed on this website for these types of providers. Unannounced visits are still made in response to a complaint, and visits are scheduled with the facility during the re-licensing process, which occurs every two years.

Registered Family Homes: Most family homes are registered, not licensed. In 2014, legislation was passed that allows Child Care Licensing to make one unannounced visit to these homes each year. As a result of this new law, you may see an increase in the number of deficiencies listed on this website for Registered Family Child Care Homes. Unannounced visits are still made in response to a complaint. Click here for an overview of each facility and the requirements they must meet according to state law.