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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December 21, 2020

ECAC Council Briefs - 2020, Issue 5

As we prepare to say farewell to 2020, perhaps the most challenging and unprecedented year in our lifetime, the Early Childhood Advisory Council is looking forward to next year when we will be working with new staff and board members! […]

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December 16, 2020

PDG Progress Notes: Grant funds expand innovative home visiting program

The Preschool Development Grant B-5 will fund the affiliate fees for South Carolina to implement the HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) USA program, an evidence‐based home visiting instruction program designed to improve child outcomes by using intervention to support parents in their role as their children's first and most important teacher. […]

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