Resources & Reports


Every year, millions of low-income children from birth through age five benefit from the array of federal early learning and care programs. Each is governed by specific legislative and regulatory requirements; targets different age groups; and serves families in a variety of settings, including home visiting and home- and center-based opportunities.

2021 The State of WIC

The inaugural State of WIC Report is published to help you appreciate the scope and depth of WIC services and our active engagement with families and communities. It is offered to share our gifts and strengths and to highlight our opportunities for growth. It is replete with recommendations to enhance the value and quality of WIC services. Why? There is so much more that public health nutrition experts and our nation can do to transform lives and help our country continue to bend the moral arc of the universe towards health equity and justice.

The SC Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children publishes the supplement to its annual report which has findings and recommendations for action on a variety of issues impacting the well-being of South Carolina’s children.

The annual report for South Carolina's ECAC is included in the South Carolina First Steps 2019-2020 Annual Report. South Carolina First Steps is the host and administrator of the ECAC.

This COVID-19 data snapshot contains state-level data on the impact of the pandemic on South Carolina child and family well-being as well as ways to provide and advocate for supports.

The Build It Back Better surveyed parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5 on how they were managing child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey was conducted by the South Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council, United Way Association of South Carolina and South Carolina First Steps with support from the Alliance for Early Success.

It was administered online through SurveyMonkey from July 10 - August 9, 2020, and was available in English and Spanish. Results include perspectives from 1,245 parents and caregivers from 42 of 46 counties in South Carolina. Less than one percent (9 respondents) completed the survey in Spanish.

High-quality early childhood education is proven to dramatically improve a child’s opportunities for a better future—particularly children from low-income families—while offering parents improved job stability and overall economic security. To ensure all children can access high-quality early learning and care, the federal government partners with states to support local efforts and innovation.

The First Five Years Fund has developed a series of state fact sheets to provide a high-level overview of the various early childhood education opportunities that exist within states, including those made possible with federal funding. Learn why federal support and partnerships are critical, especially at a time when states are doing such great work on behalf of our youngest learners.

An annual publication that provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the United States, ranking states on overall child well-being and in the domains of economic well-being, education, health and family and community. 

SC DATA LINK South Carolina slipped two spots to No. 41. The state continues to struggle in health and education rankings, two areas tied to the generational poverty and systemic racism that have kept South Carolina from making progress in improving child well-being. (Annie E. Casey Foundation)

The KRA analysis provides information on children’s preparedness for kindergarten. It is administered by a teacher;  the  teacher  interacts  directly  with  the  child  for  the  selected-response  and  the performance task items. It is designed to give reports for an individual child, as well as cohorts of children, such that achievement may be examined at the classroom, school, and district levels, as well as according to child demographics.

The annual report for the SC ECAC is included in the South Carolina First Steps 2018-2019 Annual Report. SC First Steps is the host and administrator of the SC ECAC.

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