South Carolina’s Early Childhood Advisory Council is a collaborative body representing the state’s early childhood system. Established in law, the ECAC includes the directors of eight state agencies and government entities that provide state- and federally-funded services to young children. South Carolina First Steps coordinates the activities of the council.


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Convene and mobilize agencies, organizations, and individuals focused on early childhood health, education and development to ensure all children reach their highest potential.



Advise the administration and legislature on policy and systems improvements that affect young children.

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September 25, 2020

ECAC Council Briefs - Volume 2020 Issue 4

Families with young children are feeling the stress and burden that a lack of child care brings to challenging time. Listening to parents is a crucial step in determining solutions to rebuild the ailing child care industry during this “new normal” and beyond. […]

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September 13, 2020

Job Opening: Two-Generation Coordinator

The Two-Generation Coordinator position is the first of its kind in the state. The inaugural role will be working from the vantage point of the SC Early Childhood Advisory Council to serve as the state's lead for cross-agency, system-wide adoption of policies, programs and approaches that benefit whole families, specifically young children and the adults in their lives. […]

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