“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

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Thornwell’s 4-year-old kindergarten 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 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 download and print the 2018-2019 First Steps 4K Application Form (PDF).

For more information, please contact Norman Dover at 864-938-2794 or

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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.
  • Applications are accepted throughout the year for families.

Who is Eligible?

You are eligible for Early Head Start Childcare if your family:

  • Receives public assistance (SSI / TANF )
  • Is experiencing homelessness
  • Has a foster child
  • Meets the income guidelines
  • Has a child with 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.


Contact Us

We want to hear from you. Please call 864-938-2794 or fill out the form below if you have questions about the 4K or Early Head Start program.

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Thornwell Child Development Center

709 Pridgen Drive
Clinton, SC 29325
Center License #23194