Who We Are

Early Childhood Advisory Council

“We will be successful when all children reach their highest potential.”

~Vision statement for South Carolina’s Birth through Five state system

Adopted by the SC Early Childhood Advisory Council~


About the Early Childhood Advisory Council

The South Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) includes directors of state agencies, elected officials and government entities and other state-level early childhood leaders. ECAC partner agencies providing services to young children include: SC Department of Health and Human Services, SC Department of Social Services, SC Department of Education,SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, SC First Steps, SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Children’s Trust of SC, and SC Head Start Collaboration Office. SC First Steps is the connector and convener of all early childhood serving agencies.

Early Childhood Advisory Council Members

David Morley, Governor's Designee, Chair

Shelley Canright, Ph.D., Early Childhood Educator, Vice Chair

Representative Rita Allison, SC House of Representatives

Representative Jerry N. Govan, SC House of Representatives

Senator Greg Hembree, SC Senate

Senator Gerald Malloy, SC Senate

Mary Lynne Diggs, SC Head Start Collaboration Office, Director

Constance Holloway, SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Interim Director

Robert Kerr, SC Department of Health and Human Services, Director

Michael Leach, SC Department of Social Services, Director

David Mathis, Ed.D., SC Department of Education, Deputy Superintendent - Superintendent's Designee

Edward Simmer, M.D., SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, Director

Sue Williams, Children’s Trust of SC, Chief Executive Officer

Walter Fleming Jr., Business Community

John Hayes, M.Ed., Early Childhood Educator

Timothy Holt, Business Community

Jesica Mackey, Parent of a Young Child

Jennifer McConnell, Child Care Provider

Janie Neeley, Parent of a Young Child

Alexia Newman, Medical / Child Care Development Provider

Roger Pryor Jr., Child Care Provider

Amy Williams, D.N.P., Medical Provider

Flow of Public Funds for Early Childhood
Co-created with input from our partners, the Flow of Funds chart (click to enlarge and print) represents the flow of state and federal dollars in the early childhood system in South Carolina, as well as illustrates the collaborative body that makes up the Early Childhood Advisory Council. As an integrated system, many agencies collaborate and contract with each other to provide services to our children, parents and child care educators. Therefore, the funds represented here are included under the agencies that receive the funds, not necessarily the ones doing work on the ground.

Early Childhood Advisory Council Collaborative Projects

The Council works collaboratively on initiatives and projects to reach its goal to help children of South Carolina to reach their highest potential.

Some collaborative ECAC initiatives and projects are: