Coronavirus Resources

South Carolina First Steps continues to monitor information and updates from the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Office of the Governor about the emerging coronavirus outbreak.

This page contains resources relevant to our state’s providers of child care and early childhood services. It will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

For the latest guidance on child care operations in our state, please visit SC Child Care and SC Child Care Resource & Referral.

Understand the new CARES Act

The $2 trillion economic stimulus bill includes provisions important to the nation’s child care industry and nonprofit sector.

An overall summary of what CARES provides – House Appropriations Committee

Here’s what’s included for child care in the congressional COVID-19 economic stimulus package – First Five Years Fund

What’s in the bill for nonprofits – National Council of Nonprofits

Stay Informed

About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – CDC

FAQs: Coronavirus Disease and Children – CDC

FAQs: Pregnancy & Breastfeeding – CDC

Stay Connected

The Latest Coronavirus News & Resources for Child Care Professionals, Families and Policymakers – ChildCare Aware of America

Child Care State Actions in Response to COVID-19 – Hunt Institute

State-by-State Early Childhood Responses and Resources – Alliance for Early Success

Plan, Prepare and Respond

Resources for K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs – CDC

Considerations for School Closure – CDC

Emergency Funding Resources that Child Care Providers Can Use Now – Child Care Aware of America

Resources for Businesses and Employers – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Resources for Nonprofits – Together SC

Share: Information for Families

Educational & Outreach Materials – S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)

SC school districts and their plans for meal distribution – Appleseed Legal Justice Center

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Tips for Parents (English and Spanish) – American Academy of Pediatrics

Tips for Families: Talking About the Coronavirus – Zero to Three

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus – PBS

Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus – NPR