South Carolina

Our allies in South Carolina are highly effective at building the coalitions that make significant policy change possible.

State Allies: 

First Steps South Carolina • Columbia, SC
Children's Trust of South Carolina • Columbia, SC
Top Priorities for 2020

Expand state-funded full-day four-year-old kindergarten available at no charge for Medicaid-eligible children in both public schools and private childcare centers

Increase funding for SC First Steps and the SC Department of Social Services, in order to increase the availability of programs that support young children and their families at the local level

Request recurring funding to SC First Steps to support the system building efforts of the Early Childhood Advisory Council

Last year, advocates in South Carolina began seeing the results of their hard work and new partnerships.

  • Revived the State’s Early Childhood Advisory Council — comprised of leadership from eight state agencies/organizations — and worked through the council to complete a statewide early childhood needs assessment and begin a first-ever statewide early childhood strategic plan. 
  • Began piloting strategies to improve WIC enrollment and retention.
  • Worked to improve developmental screenings during pediatric visits.
  • Provided training to preschool teachers to decrease the disproportionate number of children of color being expelled from preschool classrooms.

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape South Carolina early childhood policy.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice