Preschool and Parent Services

A Place Where Movement Become Learning


  • Office of School Readiness Office of School Readiness

    Catherine Sanderson, PhD - Director of School Readiness

    Preschool and Parent Services Profile

    1001 West Sumter St
    Florence, SC 29501
    (843) 673-1129
    Monday - Thursday  7:30 am - 3:30 pm 
    Friday  7:30 am - 3:00 pm




    Is your child on the right path to Kindergarten? 

    Florence 1 Schools' 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. Find out more at

Preschool Registration

  • Registration for the 2021-2022 school year

    4K: How to Qualify (Income-Based Program):

    • Child must be 4 years old on or before September 1st, 2021
    • Live within the Florence 1 Schools attendance zone
    • Valid medicaid card or 2020 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)

    3K & 4K: How to Qualify (F1S District Employee Children):

    • Child must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1st, 2021
    • Be the child of a F1S employee
    • Proof of Residency

    What to do:

    Call Mrs. Ford (843-673-1129) at the Office of School Readiness to get your child on the list and to request the code to complete the online application: 
    English form
    Spanish form



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Home Visits Information Registration

  • Home Visiting Services

    The Parent Center
    1400 Woods Road
    Florence, SC 29501
    (843) 758-6871 

    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.



Parent Infant Classes Registration

  • ***Play Groups have temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.***


    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 Melanie McMillan at 843-758-6871

    We look forward to hearing from you!

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