Preschool and Parent Services

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  • 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

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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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