Children who experience high-quality preschool are more likely to enter school prepared for success in academics and throughout their lives. Unfortunately, 70,000 South Carolina 3- and 4-year-olds are not enrolled in any preschool program. Many families struggle to afford early care and education, with an average child care cost of $1,181 per month. This problem is exacerbated for low-income families, who are often forced by limited resources to choose care based on affordability and/or convenience rather than quality. In South Carolina, 15 percent of these parents report their employment is affected by child care issues.
- Strengthen capacity and incentives for child care providers to participate in the state’s child care Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).
- Align early childhood services to increase accountability, quality, and impact statewide.
- Allocate funds for additional training and technical assistance to support quality improvement in Family Child Care Homes.
- Support and incentivize the inclusion of children with disabilities in high quality early childhood programs.
- Promote training in pre-suspension and pre-expulsion positive discipline techniques in early childhood programs.