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.
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
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.
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).