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Early Care & Education


Making The Case for Voluntary Universal
4 year-old Kindergarten

Early childhood care has long been viewed as a family issue centered on finding a safe environment for parents to send their children while they went to work. Today, we know that crucial brain development occurs early in a child’s life (85% by age three). Children who have quality preschool experiences succeed in school and later in life. Investment in a high quality, universal, voluntary preschool program will improve the economy and quality of life for all South Carolinians.

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Task Force Summary

The South Carolina Early Childhood Quality Standards Task Force, headed by S.C. First Steps and the United Way Association of South Carolina, has released its preliminary report to the Governor and the General Assembly.

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Strengthening South Carolina’s Economic Future

Strengthening South Carolina’s Economic Future – Child Care Quality Matters. White paper released by the United Way of Greenville County - February 2005

South Carolina Kids Count

What's happening to South Carolina's youngest and most vulnerable residents? South Carolina Kids Count has the answers.

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Find quality child care in your community

The The South Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral Network is an organized statewide network of child care resource and referral (CCR&R) programs in South Carolina. SC CCR&R Network is committed to providing information, support, and advocacy to parents, child care providers, and communities throughout the state.

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