Early Childhood Program

Permanently established by the SC Read to Succeed Act in 2014, the SC Child Early Reading Development and Education Program (CERDEP) provides full-day four-year-old-kindergarten programs in 64 South Carolina school districts.  Enrollment is offered at no cost to eligible children and transportation is provided.

In addition to the offerings of the state’s public school districts, SC First Steps offers parents the opportunity to enroll their eligible children with more than 200 private, faith- and community-based preschool providers statewide.

To qualify during the 2019-2020 school year, your child must:

  • Be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2019,
  • Be eligible for the free- or reduced-price lunch program or Medicaid, AND
  • Live in one of the following school districts:

CERDEP Locations

Permanently established by the SC Read to Succeed Act in 2014, the SC Child Early Reading Development and Education Program (CERDEP) provides full-day four-year-old-kindergarten programs in 64 South Carolina school districts.  Enrollment is offered at no cost to eligible children and transportation is provided.

In addition to the offerings of the state’s public school districts, SC First Steps offers parents the opportunity to enroll their eligible children with more than 200 private, faith- and community-based preschool providers statewide.

To qualify during the 2019-2020 school year, your child must:

  • Be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2019,
  • Be eligible for the free- or reduced-price lunch program or Medicaid, AND
  • Live in one of the following school districts:

CERDEP Locations