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Florence School District One Preschool Program

Florence School District One offers free preschool for 3 and 4 year old children. Sign up for 2014-2015 begins in February. Children must be 3 or 4 before September 1. Some programs require that children be Medicaid eligible. Answers to specific questions regarding preschool can be obtained by calling the Office of School Readiness at (843) 673-1129. There are multiple ways to get involved with Start SMART and we encourage every business, individual and parent to lend a hand to ensure that our community's future scholars build strong foundations to ensure their educational paths.


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Florence School District One Home Visiting Program

Florence School District One offers bi-monthly and bi-weekly home visits for children ages Birth to 4 years of age. Call (843) 673-1129 for more information. Home visits include answers to parenting questions, educational books and educational toys.


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Pee Dee Community Action Agency Head Start

Head Start offers free preschool for 3 and 4 year old children. Call (843) 678-3414 for additional information.


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Florence County Library System

The library is located at 509 South Dargan Street. Literacy calendars, story time and virtual story times are available. Call (843) 292-7382 for additional information.


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Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault

The Crisis Center is located at 220 South Irby Street in Florence, SC. They offer 24-hour crisis intervention and support services to victims of sexual assault, family violence and child abuse. Satellite Crisis Centers are located in Darlington, Hartsville, Marion, Dillon, Bennettsville, Chesterfield and Kingstreet. Call (843) 669-4600 or (800) 273-1820 for additional information. Sexual Assualt Prevention Services provides 24-hour crisis intervention, individual and support group counseling, medical/legal/criminal justice advocacy and accompaniment, information and referral to victims and their families through 24-hour crisis lines and crisis centers. Call (843) 669-4694 for additional information.


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Lighthouse Ministries

Lighthouse Ministries offers free diapers and essential supplies, parenting workshops, financial assistance and budgeting skills classes. Call Veyonder Brown at (843) 629-0830 for additional information.


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Department of Social Services ABC Voucher Program

This organization offers child care funding assistance to low income working parents. They also offer activities that make programs more available and affordable. They also rate child care centers by quality indicators. Call (800) 763-ABSC (2223) for additional information.


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HopeHealth provides high-quality health care to children and their families. The services include a billingual pediatrican, infectious disease pediatrician and primary care. Pediatric practice specializes in short wait times. A discount pharmacy is on-site. Call (843) 667-9414 for additional information.



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South Carolina Early Childhood Association

The South Carolina Early Childhood Association (SCECA) is a statewide organization designed to promote public understanding and support of early childhood development initiatives and policies throughout South Carolina.


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South Carolina First Steps

The South Carolina First Steps program offers child care scholarships to families needing a little extra help and a great deal of additional school readiness information for parents with children ages 0-5.  Call Spencer Scott at (843) 662-1482




BabyNet offers in home therapy and educational specialist services to children from Birth to age 3 who have special educational needs.  It is a fantastic resource for parents who need more hands-on help with their child’s development.  BabyNet matches the needs of infants with the professional resources available in their geographic location.


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SC Childcare Services

SC Childcare Services offers a wealth of resources to assist parents in finding the perfect childcare provider for their child. The site also provides resources for childcare providers including licensing and training information.


National Resources



Start Smart is a certified partner of Text4Baby, the first mobile program designed to promote maternal and child health through text messaging. Text4Baby sends informative text messages about important pregnancy and early childhood topics such as prenatal care, labor signs, nutrition, and safe sleep. Text messages are available in English and Spanish.



Zero to Three

Zero to Three

Zero to Three is a national nonprofit organization that provides parents, childcare providers, and policymakers with knowledge and resources to encourage healthy development in young children. Zero to Three’s website contains articles and information that parents of young children are sure to find useful.



CDC’s ABCs of Raising Healthy Kids

The National Center for Disease Control (CDC) created a helpful webpage entitled “ABCs of Raising Healthy Kids.” Covering everything from prenatal care to youth sports, the CDC’s list is a guide that will assist new parents for years to come.


Additional Resources

For Providers:

National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Child Care Information Center 
S.C. Child Care Services 
Southern Early Childhood Association 
SC Sex Offender’s Registry 
FMU Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty 

For Business Leaders:

Institute for Child Success 
Children’s Trust of South Carolina
Ready Nation 

For Parents:

Aging With Flair
Parent Home Center
Chrysalis Center
Early Steps
Florence City Parks and Recreation
Florence Museum
Florence Little Theater
Family Connections
Family Education

Poynor Adult Education
PITC The Program for Infant Toddler Care
American Academy of Pediatrics
Text 4 Baby
Pee Dee Healthy Start
Hand in Hand Parenting