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Child Development Application Updates

  • Thank you for your interest in the Horry County Schools child development program for four-year-olds.

    Applicants who have completed the screening process will be notified of their application status on or before July 28, 2023.

    Schools Currently Accepting Child Development Applications

    The application pools for the majority of our schools are now full**. Parents in the following attendance areas may complete the child development interest form to receive an application for the 2023-24 HCS child development program.

    • Homewood Elementary

    Click here to search for schools in your attendance area.

    **Schools outside of the attendance areas listed are no longer accepting child development applications.  ** 

    Has your child been accepted into Child Development?

    If you received a notice that your child was accepted for the Child Development program, your school will send you a Snapcode to complete the registration process here.

Child Development at Horry County Schools

  • Horry County Schools offers a full-day Child Development (CD) program for eligible students who will be four years old on or before September 1 of the enrollment year. The CD program is an early intervention for at-risk four-year-olds and is designed to prepare children for success in kindergarten. CD classes are taught by state-certified teachers using S.C. Early Learning Standards and a state-approved curriculum. 

    Program Goals:

    • Promote the development of social, emotional, and academic skills
    • Encourage language and vocabulary development
    • Establish a cooperative, nurturing, and safe learning environment
    • Promote decision-making, problem-solving, and respect for others
    • Form a partnership with parents to meet the needs of each child

    Eligibility Guidelines

    Applicants must be a resident of Horry County to apply for and participate in the CD program. Please note: Transfer Requests are not accepted for students in the Child Development Program. State guidelines require that children be four years old on or before September 1st to apply for the CD program. Eligibility for the program is determined by the results of a developmental screening assessment, family income level, parent questionnaire responses, and other contributing factors that may indicate a need for kindergarten readiness support.

    Applications for the Child Development Program

     Children must be four years old on or before September 1st to participate in the CD program. The following documents are required to apply:

    • Child’s legal birth certificate
    • Child’s immunization record
    • Child’s Medicaid card or parents’ proof of income (2021 income tax return or W-2 form)
    • Proof of residency (utility bill, rental or lease agreement). 
    • The child’s social security card is requested, but not required.

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