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Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS)

ECCS is a collaborative effort to support families and communities to ensure children are healthy and ready to learn. Teams of public and private partners work together to develop cross service systems to serve children and families. 

South Carolina has received ECCS funding through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since 2005.    A total of 47 states are implementing ECCS initiatives. Please click here to view members of SC’s 2010-2011 Leadership Team.

The vision of SC ECCS is for all children and families to have access to integrated, high quality infant/early childhood services and supports necessary for optimal child development.

Mission Statement:
SC will create a lasting partnership of families, communities, and service providers to develop extensive, high quality health, family, child and early education services to support the readiness of all young children for success in school and life.

Guiding Principles:

  • South Carolina cares for all young children and wants the best life possible for them.
  • All children have the ability to learn and be healthy regardless of race or income.
  • Health and development can and should be optimized for all children.
  • Children need support for growth and development before preschool.
  • Parents can help improve their children’s school readiness and health outcomes if given access to services and support.
  • It is important to build services that are responsive to the strengths and needs of families.
  • Maintaining a spirit of collaborative planning is critical to our success.