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.
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
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
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