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Child and Dependent Care Credit

If you paid someone to care for a child or a dependent so you could work, you may be able to reduce your tax by claiming the credit for child and dependent care expenses on your federal income tax return, according to the IRS.

Child Care Licensing and Regulatory Services

All South Carolina child care programs are required to be licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt. Requirements are determined by the type of provider you are. Licensing promotes health and safety by setting critical standards, then registering and regulating those who provide care for children.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. It also requires that their group health benefits be maintained during the leave. FMLA is designed to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities by allowing them to take reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. It also seeks to accommodate the legitimate interests of employers and promote equal employment opportunity for men and women. This web page contains information and links to: (1) laws and regulations, (2) facts sheets, (3) compliance guides for employers, (4) answers to common questions about the FMLA, and much more.

General Introduction to Children Law

This handbook is designed to give parents a general understanding of their children's rights to receive financial assistance, medical assistance, and educational services. The handbook also explains a child's rights in relation to disciplinary actions at school, encounters with the police, and confinement in detention facilities.

How Do I Report Suspected Child Abuse?

This Handbook lays out procedure as well as steps to go through when dealing with suspected child abuse.

SC Voucher Program

SC Voucher makes payments to child care providers to care for children from low-income families so their parents can work.

Cyber Safety (The NetSmartz Workshop)

The NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource that teaches kids and teens how to stay safer on the Internet. NetSmartz combines the newest technologies available and the most current information to create high-impact educational activities that are well received by even the most tech-savvy kids. Parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement also have access to additional resources for learning and teaching about the dangers children may face online. NetSmartz was created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).

Education Resources on Children's Farm Safety

Children are at risk! The farm is an inherently dangerous place for children if adults do not provide a safe place for young curious minds to explore and learn about the benefits of farm living.

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