Early Childhood Education

Contact Amy Wills – Coordinator of Early Childhood Education at
864-944-2270 or
email earlylearning@tdarschool.org to learn more about our programs and enrolling your child. Click here to download an application.

##40 Early Childhood Learning

Tamassee DAR School’s Early Childhood Learning program provides full-day care for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers aged 3 months–4 years. Our classes use the Teaching Strategies Gold curriculum which focuses on play-based early childhood learning through developmentally appropriate practices.

Low child/teacher ratios and small classroom sizes allow greater personal attention for each and every preschool child in our care. Whether you are seeking care for you infant, toddler, or preschooler the Early Childhood Learning Center (ECL) is here for you.


Tamassee DAR School’s Early Childhood Learning program is licensed by the South Carolina Department of Social Services (14116), nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), and an ABC Quality Center. Every child deserves the chance to reach their full potential. Let us encourage, challenge and inspire your little ones to develop a love of lifelong learning.

Program Details

Hours of Operation


Fees (Effective January 2023)

  • Registration Fee:  $25 (due at sign-up and yearly on August 1st)
  • Infants & Toddlers (Full-Day Care): $135/week
  • Ages 2–3 Years (Full-Day Care): $120/week
  • SC First Steps 4K:  $135/week (Mid August through end of July)
    Free 4K for qualifying families (apply at:  scfirststeps.org)

* 10% discount to multiple child families
* We accept ABC Vouchers and offer Oconee County First Steps Parent Scholarships to assist with tuition costs as funds are available.

For information on after school care for K5 – 8th grade please visit our After School Program page.

South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness is partnering with high-quality eligible providers to expand four-year-old kindergarten programs. Programs focus on the developmental and learning supports children must have in order to be ready for school and will incorporate research-based practices, ongoing assessment and parenting education.

Tamassee’s Early Childhood Learning Center is honored to have been named one of the approved providers. These are the same state certified classes being taught in the public elementary schools, however your child will be taught in smaller classrooms, inside the nurturing environment of the Early Childhood Learning Center at Tamassee.

To qualify for FREE enrollment for the upcoming school year, your child must:
* Be 4 years old on or before September 1.
* Be eligible for Medicaid, SNAP, or TANF, experiencing homelessness or transiency, or in foster care.

New for the upcoming school year, First Steps 4K+Siblings, in partnership with the Department of Social Services, will extend child care and after-school scholarships through the SC Vouch Program, for up to 52 weeks, to any siblings, age 0 – 3 years, of a First Steps 4K enrolled student.   To complete and submit an application for this offer, please visit free4Ksc.org.

We are also accepting applications for private pay students who do not qualify for the free enrollment.   Fees for private pay are $125/weekly with a registration fee of $25 due each year on August 1.

Call (864) 944-2270 TODAY for an enrollment packet. Tamassee DAR School is an equal opportunity provider.