South Carolina’s student parents have options for free and reduced-cost childcare. There are state and federally funded pre-kindergarten education opportunities available, which can be reviewed by visiting www.palmettoprek.org. Also, beginning August 16, 2021, the 4K + Siblings program will be available to eligible children. The program, developed by South Carolina First Steps in partnership with the Department of Social Services, will offer free childcare or after-school programming to the siblings, age 12 and below, of children enrolled in First Steps’ pre-kindergarten program. Review their program and check eligibility by visiting the First Steps website.