About Us

South Carolina’s Early Childhood Advisory Council is a collaborative body representing the state’s early childhood system. Established in state statute, the Early Childhood Advisory Council includes the directors of state agencies, elected officials, state-level early childhood leaders, members of the business and medical communities, parents and early childhood educators. 


We will be successful when all children reach their highest potential.

Shared Goals

  • South Carolina’s children arrive at school ready to reach their highest potential.
  • South Carolina's youngest children are healthy and safe.
  • South Carolina’s youngest children are actively supported by their families and communities.
  • South Carolina’s Early Childhood System is aligned, coordinated, and family centered.


The South Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council was established by Governor Nikki Haley on June 18, 2014 as required by the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007. The advisory council is exclusively composed of the membership of the Board of Trustees of the South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness Initiative which was established 1999 by the South Carolina General Assembly. 

Member Agencies

ECAC member agencies providing services to young children include: the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Social Services, Department of Education, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Department of Developmental Disabilities and Special Needs, Children’s Trust of South Carolina, the state’s Head Start Collaboration Office. SC First Steps is responsible for coordinating the activities of the Council. For a graphic showing the sources and funding flow of the state's public early childhood service, click here.

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