Resources & Reports


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.

A document produced using Preschool Development Grant Birth-5 funds to understand statewide priorities for South Carolina's young children and their families. 

Co-created with input from our partners, the Flow of Funds chart represents the flow of state and federal dollars in the early childhood system in South Carolina, as well as illustrates the collaborative body that makes up the Early Childhood Advisory Council. 

A memo sent to all South Carolina districts giving guidance on adhering to the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) requirement with respect to preschool placements for young students with disabilities (SCDOE - SC Department of Education)  

State of Preschool 2019

The State of Preschool 2019 annual report finds leaders in state-funded preschool include both “Red” and “Blue” states, indicating preschool is one of few bipartisan issues. More children than ever were served in state-funded preschool during the 2018-2019 school year. (NIEER - National Institute for Early Education Research)

Act 86 of 1993 requires local educational agencies (LEAs) to serve children with disabilities ages three through five. This state mandate represented a downward extension of all the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Public Law 101-476. One of the stipulations of the state mandate is the requirement for the submission of a report to the South Carolina General Assembly. (ACESD - Advisory Council for Educating Students with Disabilities) 

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