CONWAY, S.C. (WPDE) — South Carolina Department of Social Services is offering help to families struggling with child care costs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
They've launched a new voucher program providing money to parents to help pay for day care enrollment.
It's open to parents working at least 15 hours a week, with a gross family income under 300% of the poverty level. Children must also be enrolled in a day care center that is part of South Carolina's ABC Quality program.
SCDSS director of communications Connelly-Anne Ragley said the total amount of money a family receives will be based on other qualifications, but they know every bit helps.
"We know that child care is expensive and we know that it does take up a large portion of workers income. So that's one way we've been able to try and help workers," Ragley said.
Ragley said the program is on a first come first serve basis, and there's no set amount of applications that will be accepted.
Click here for the application and full list of requirements.