Preschool and Parent Services


  • Office of School Readiness

    Floyd Creech, PhD - Administrator of School Readiness

    1400 Woods Rd
    (843) 673-1129
    Monday - Thursday  8:00am - 4:30pm 
    Friday  8:00am - 4:00pm


    Is your child on the right path to Kindergarten? 

    FSD1's StartSmart offers unique services for young children ages birth to age 5 that will help the Florence community ensure that all children enter school ready to learn so they will be better able to grow into productive citizens. The program has grown dramatically since it began in 2012. Over 1,000 Florence-area children currently benefit from the available services, and the goal is to enhance the life of every child from birth to age 4 by 2018.

     Find out more at

Preschool Registration

  • 4K Registration for the 2018-2019 school year

    begins March 1st, 2018.  

    How to Qualify:

    • child must be 4 years old on or before September 1st, 2018
    • live in Florence District 1
    • valid medicaid card or 2017 income taxes (this is an income-based program)
    • Proof of Residency (matching address on a driver's license/state issued ID, utility bill, vehicle registration or rental agreement)

    What to do:

    • Bring all required documents from above to The Office of School Readiness (1400 Woods Road) and fill out an application. 
    • Call (843) 673-1129 with any questions.  

     **Also offering Year-Round Child Development School at the CDC at Woods Road.

         Beginning June 4, 2018 from 7:40-4:30pm daily.

Extended Year Preschool Registration

  • Announcing Year-Round Child Development Classes

    Beginning June 4, 2018


    Woods Road Child Development Center
    1400 Woods Road
    Florence, SC

    7:40-4:30 daily

    Children must be 4 years old by September 1, 2018

    Bus transportation provided

    Call the Office of School Readiness for more information


    Download Flyer for Year-Round Child Development Classes

Home Visits Information Registration

  • Home Visiting Services

    The Parent Center
    111 W. Laurel St.
    Florence, SC 29501
    (843) 758-6456 

    Two research-based home visiting programs support parents in their roles as their children's first and most important teachers. 

    Parents as Teachers Logo  Parents as Teachers (PAT) provides home visits for expectant mothers and children from birth-3 years old. Each bi-monthly visit includes activities that support parent-child interaction. Home visitors review the specific developmental stages and help parents work through barriers that can hinder the child's development.


    The Parent Child Home Logo

     Parent Child Home Visiting Program (PCHP) provides home visits that focus on language development for 2-3 year old children through interaction with educational books and toys. In each bi-weekly visit, a home visitor demonstrates how parents can use these carefully selected materials to maximize their verbal interactions with the child.




  • Woods Road Child Development Center

    1400 Woods Road
    Florence, SC 29501


    Dr. Floyd Creech, Acting Center Manager



    Alfred E Rush Child Development Center

    1201 East Ashby Road
    Quinby, SC 29506


    Lisa Riley, Center Manager


Parent Infant Classes Registration

  • The Benefits of Play

    Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. Play allows children to create and explore a world they can master, conquering their fears while practicing adult roles, sometimes in conjunction with other children or adult caregivers.

    Would you be interested in being a part of a group of moms and children, ages NEWBORN TO 3 that play together?

    If you are interested in attending:

    Please call Susan Knight at 843-758-6872 or email,

    We look forward to hearing from you!