• Child Development Program




    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.  State guidelines require that children be four years old on or before September 1st to apply for 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

    Applications for the 2020-21 CD program are no longer being accepted.  Please complete this child development interest form if you would like to be contacted about future openings in the program.  We will only contact you if an opening becomes available in the CD program at the school in your attendance area.  

     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 shot record
    • Child’s Medicaid card or parents’ proof of income (2019 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.


    For more information contact:

    Tammy Martin 
    Coordinator of Early Childhood and Parenting

    Traci Rabon
    Secretary for Elementary Education