Early education in South Carolina needs leaders
Yesterday we brought you a perspective from child advocates in Michigan. Today we have another voice on early care and education from David Laird, director of policy and government affairs at Voices member organization The Children’s Trust of South Carolina.
The case for early education has been made in South Carolina with some legislative champions established. At the top of the list is the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children. In their 2012 annual report, the committee calls for greater “prevention and early-intervention services.” For a state not usually on the forefront of preventive measures, this is big news.
The bad news, however, is that not every child — or even those most at risk — has the same opportunity to benefit from high-quality early education. We know that the areas in the state with the most need are receiving limited support. With the Department of Education concentrating services only on K-12, a gap remains in the state for early education leadership.
This is where the Children’s Trust of South Carolina seeks to serve as the state’s partner. Our efforts, as part of the Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting program are creating a fresh opportunity for families and communities across the state. Through this, we are seeing greater collaboration and a renewed focus on our children.
Even through this, much more is called for from individuals, communities and the General Assembly to ensure an equal opportunity for all children. The Children’s Trust is eager to make this happen.