Early Childhood Education and Quality Child Care for Working Families

The Children's Center is unique in that we offer a sliding scale tuition, making it more affordable than the typical market rate centers.



For 89% of the approximately 200 families served by The Children’s Center, a sliding fee scale means parents can continue to remain in the workforce while their children receive high level, high-impact quality child care. With very few, if any, similar childcare options available, the Center is a crucial lynchpin in the framework of supportive resources that make it possible for workers in our community to remain employed and productive.


Childcare & Early Childhood Education

The Children’s Center's multicultural, bilingual early childhood education program is provided five days a week, year round, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Our goal is to provide a learning environment that enhances the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, linguistic and creative development of each child. We maintain this goal through the use of The Creative Curriculum-Teaching Strategies in our educational programs.


  • Knowing the Children You Teach
  • Building a Classroom Community
  • Establishing a Structure for the Classroom
  • Guiding Children’s Learning
  • Assessing the Children’s Learning
  • Building Partnerships with Families


In addition to The Creative Curriculum used in our Program The Center has adopted the SC First Steps Environmental Rating Scales (IRTS, ECRS, SACRS) to insure a quality environment for our youngsters.


ABC Program, Advocates for Better Child Care

The ABC Program supports low-income families with tuition assistance for affordable high-quality, high-impact educational early learning care. Some of these areas of support are listed as follows:

  • Assists families with payment of child care services and fees. An eligible family will pay a small portion of the child care fee charged by the provider. The ABC Program will pay the remainder of the fee directly to the child care provider.
  • Works with Child Care Providers to improve quality of child care in the classroom and its environment.


Registration for the ABC Program is done through the SC Department of Social Services.


USDA Program,
(United States Department of Agriculture)

The Child and Adult Care Food Program is a main component in supporting and improving the nutritional quality of meals and snacks for children at The Children’s Center.


Our staff recognize the importance of maintaining a healthy diet for our children. The Center’s mission is not only to ensure high impact education, but to provide positive early developmental support in all areas of our children’s lives including health. The USDA Program allows for the Center to provide the children a hot breakfast and lunch plus an afternoon snack each day at no cost to the parents, creating a more affordable child care program for our working families.


The goals of the program are to:

  • Improve the diets of children by providing nutritious meals
  • Help children develop good eating habit


First Steps 4K Provider

We have been designated as a First Steps 4K provider, one of South Carolina’s public-private prekindergarten programs offering full-day 4K programs. Enrollment is offered at no cost to eligible children.  When parents to participate in this program their child receives:

  • A research-based curriculum
  • Qualified staff
  • Student screening and assessment
  • 6.5 hours of instruction daily for 180 school days.


Children must reside in designated counties to qualify. Contact The Children’s Center for more information and registration information or click on the link below to enroll your child.



A child’s early years lay the foundation for all that is to come. In recent years, researchers have learned that the human brain develops the vast majority of its neurons, and is at its most receptive to learning, between birth and three years of age. In fact, the intake of new information is critical to the formation of active neural pathways.


–  Shonkoff & Phillips, 2000


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