Building on a vision set in the first edition created in 2013, key stakeholders from across South Carolina worked throughout 2014 to update, expand and create specific policy recommendations for a revised version of the Early Childhood Common Agenda (ECCA).
During the process, stakeholders heard from legislative staff and a national children and families policy expert, Shelley Waters Booth with the Annie E. Casey Foundation who shared Inspiring Change: South Carolina Children’s First Eight Years (PDF).
South Carolina childhood-focused professionals then participated through committees to address the challenges of early care and education within the policy contexts of quality, assessment and evaluation, racial/ethnic disparities, geographic disparities, business/economics and sustainability. The work of these original committees set a strong foundation for the ECCA and continues to guide the consideration of new policies in each successive year.
Committees and Materials
Each of the original committees was charged with creating at least one educational material/campaign and one policy recommendation to advance to legislators. Their recommendations comprised the 2015 Early Childhood Common Agenda, and many of these policies are still reflected in the current version of the document. The educational material from each committee regarding their policy recommendation is available for download below.