Child Development Center

Thornwell’s Child Development Center

Did you know the first five years of life are essential to the development of your child? That might feel overwhelming since the first five years of life are also tiresome and often uncharted territory.

Sleepless nights, learning to eat, walk, and talk… stumbling through the dos and don’ts of parenting. It’s a lot!

But you don’t have to do it alone.

We have been serving children and families for more than 145 years and value family to our core. As part of Thornwell’s mission to provide a continuum of care to children and families, we want to meet you where you are.

That’s why we pour into the children at our child development center every day and walk alongside the families, too. In fact, we spend time goal-setting and even visit the homes twice each year! When families have access to loving support, resources, and care, it can change just about everything.

Trauma-informed staff are equipped to love, nurture, and shepherd your children with individualized care in small group sizes.

Partner with us to build your own thriving family.

Experts tell us that 90% of all brain development occurs by the age of five. If we don’t begin thinking about education in the early years, our children are at risk of falling behind by the time they start Kindergarten.

Robert. L. Ehrlich

Thornwell’s 4-Year-Old Kindergarten Program (4K)

Thornwell’s 4K program is based on motivation and positive interactions aimed at promoting self-control, following instructions, cooperation, and other learning skills. The goal of the program is to get children ready to learn in school.

Thornwell’s 4K program is free to qualifying families and is made possible through Child Development Educational Program (CDEPP) funding with South Carolina First Steps. Other students may attend for a tuition. Children aged 4 years old on or before September 1 are eligible to apply. Our 4K program is offered during normal school hours (7:30am – 2:30pm) with an after-school option available (2:30pm – 5:30pm) and includes meals.

Ready to apply? Simply fill out the 2020-2021 First Steps 4K Application Form.

Please contact our office at 864-938-2160 or email Child Development Center Director Jenn Adams at to learn more.

Early Head Start Program

What is Early Head Start Childcare?

  • Free childcare for infants and toddlers (0-36 months) for those who qualify
  • Family support services
  • Resources – free diapers, wipes, formula, and nutritious meals

Who is Eligible?

  • A family who receives public assistance (SSI / TANF)
  • A family who is experiencing homelessness
  • Families with foster children
  • Families who meet income guidelines
  • Families with a child who has a diagnosed disability (IFSP)

Please note that applications are accepted throughout the year, and families with greater needs are served first. Transportation for the program is not provided.

Ready to apply? Simply fill out the Early Head Start Application Form.

Thornwell Child Development Center

102 Macdonald Drive
Clinton, SC 29325
Center License #23194

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