South Carolina is now a recognized member of the State Children’s Cabinet Network, the nation’s only network of state children’s cabinets. According to The Forum for Youth Investment, “Children’s Cabinets are typically made up of the heads of all government agencies with child- and youth- serving programs. They meet regularly to coordinate services, develop a common set of outcomes, and collaboratively decide upon and implement plans to foster the well-being of young people.”
The South Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council provides the platform for eight child-serving agencies to work collaboratively to ensure South Carolina’s children reach their highest potential. Through the development of one-stop online portals that provide access to services for young children and families, collaborative goal setting, and cross-agency initiatives, the Early Childhood Advisory Council is improving the lives of South Carolina’s children and families. The Early Childhood Advisory Council is convened by South Carolina First Steps, the state’s only dedicated early childhood agency.
Prior to this acknowledgement by the State Children’s Cabinet Network, South Carolina was one of only 15 states that lacked a recognized children’s cabinet.