Resources & Reports


The South Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council, the United Way Association of South Carolina, and South Carolina First Steps, with the support of the Alliance for Early Success, went directly to parents and caregivers of young children to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their needs, experiences, and attitudes around child care.

Representing the voices of 1,245 parents and caregivers from 42 of 46 counties across the state, the survey offers policymakers, advocates, and stakeholders timely insights into the status of families with children from birth through age five. This report aims to advance and inform data-driven, family-centered solutions to restoring and strengthening our state’s early childhood system.

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.

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)  

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 (Annie E. Casey Foundation)

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) 

The Analysis of Kindergarten Readiness Assessments(KRA) evaluates and measures school readiness of students from 2018-2019, prior to their entrance into a pre-kindergarten or kindergarten program. (SC Education Oversight Committee)

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