SCDSS - Serving Children and Families



Child Care Licensing

Laws and Regulations

State laws and agency regulations pertaining to the direct operation and services of child care facilities are provided below. Printed copies may also be obtained by contacting one of our offices.

Links marked by * are courtesy of Legislative Printing Agency (LPITR)

Current SC Statutes

Current DSS Regulations

Other Regulations concerning Child Care Facilities

Other Information

  • The Regulatory Process In South Carolina Flowchart
    SC Regulatory Process: To adopt, amend, or repeal a regulation, a state agency must prepare all documents for publication in the South Carolina State Register according to the standards prescribed in the SC Standards Manual For Drafting and Filing Regulations. It contains guidelines and standards for drafting and filing regulations for General Assembly review and for submitting documents for publication in the State Register.The State Register is a temporary update to South Carolina's official compilation of agency regulations--the South Carolina Code of Regulations. The State Register is a monthly publication containing Governors Executive Orders, agency notices of general public interest, agency notices of drafting regulations, and regulations filed pursuant to the South Carolina Administrative Procedures Act (APA), S.C. Code Ann. Section 1-23-10, et seq. The following flowchart gives an overview of the SC Regulatory process.


Leigh Bolick, Director

Child Care Services

Rita Paul, Director

Child Care Licensing and Regulatory Services

Gary Rice, Program Manager

Child Care Licensing and Regulatory Services

Mailing Address:

South Carolina

Department of Social Services

2638 Two Notch Road, Suite 200

Columbia, South Carolina 29204


(803) 898-9020


(803) 898-9029


South Carolina Department of Social Services

P.O. Box 1520 ? Columbia, SC 29202-1520

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