Through the Early Childhood Advisory Council, South Carolina’s leadership works together to support families and help young children thrive.
South Carolina’s Early Childhood Advisory Council is a collaborative group representing the state’s early childhood system. Established in state statute, the Early Childhood Advisory Council includes the directors of state agencies, elected officials, and other state-level early childhood leaders. The purpose of the Early Childhood Advisory Council is to carry out the ten duties of early childhood state system leadership as defined in statute.
Duties of the South Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council
- Conduct a periodic statewide needs assessment concerning the quality and availability of early childhood education and development programs and services for children from birth to the age of school entry, including an assessment of the availability of high-quality prekindergarten services for low income children in the State;
- Identify opportunities for, and barriers to, collaboration and coordination among federally funded and state-funded child development, child care, and early childhood education programs and services, including collaboration and coordination among state agencies responsible for administering these programs;
- Develop recommendations for increasing the overall participation of children in existing federal, state, and local child care and early childhood education programs, including outreach to underrepresented and special populations;
- Develop recommendations regarding the establishment of a unified data collection system for public early childhood education and development programs and services throughout the State;
- Develop recommendations regarding statewide professional development and career advancement plans for early childhood educators in the State;
- Assess the capacity and effectiveness of two-year and four-year public and private institutions of higher education in the State for supporting the development of early childhood educators, including the extent to which these institutions have in place articulation agreements, professional development and career advancement plans, and practice or internships for students to spend time in a Head Start or prekindergarten program;
- Make recommendations for improvements in state early learning standards and undertake efforts to develop high-quality comprehensive early learning standards, as appropriate;
- Develop and publish, using available demographic data, an indicators-based measure of school readiness at the state and community level;
- Incorporate, within the periodic statewide needs assessments required in 42 U.S.C. Section 9837b, any data related to the capacity and efforts of private sector providers, Head Start providers, and local school districts to serve children from birth to age five, including fiscal, enrollment, and capacity data; and
- Perform all other functions, as permitted under federal and state law, to improve coordination and delivery of early childhood education and development to children in this State.