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The South Carolina Early Childhood Databook shares information about the environmental factors impacting children, ages 8 and under, in South Carolina, compared to North Carolina, Georgia, and the United States as a whole. This toolkit shares additional resources developed as complements to the full report.

Data Briefs: These data briefs repackage content from the original report for each of the four domains covered in the report. We recommend these shorter documents if you have a specific area of interest or



Data File: Download a spreadsheet with the full data indicators table for easier use in developing infographics or visuals for presentations. This file contains full citations for each indicator.

Blog Posts: The Databook is a rich source of comparative data. ICS is authoring a blog series of highlight the findings of the report as well as “dig deeper” into trends, legislative developments, and policy innovations which can help move the needle on these indicators.

For Parents Concerned About South Carolina’s Outcomes: Now What?  – In our recent South Carolina Early Childhood Databook, we highlighted over 80 indicators of early childhood well-being impacting children. But what about the parents who see these statistics and say “Yes, that’s us! What do we do about it, right now?”

New Data Report Informs Early Childhood Interventions – Guest blog at the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). Our report focuses on our home state of South Carolina, but also provides data on North Carolina and Georgia to allow for regional comparisons – and national level figures to give a sense of the overall picture for America’s children. Our “databook” benefits from a rich tradition of data-informed policymaking in the early childhood sector.

When It Comes To Families, Poverty Rate Only Tells Half The StoryIn our data book, we highlight a number of indicators related to family financial well-being. Why highlight both poverty rates for all children, and low income rates for young children? There’s two trends going on here, both of which have important implications for addressing and ameliorating the negative impacts of income insufficiency.

South Carolina Poised to become National Leader in Breastfeeding and Lactation – Our databook looks at breastfeeding initiation and continuation rates, as well as structural supports including lactation consultants. In this blog – co-authored with experts from WREN, Prisma Health, and SC DHHS South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative – we discuss how policies can improve the breastfeeding relationship, including a current chance for South Carolina to go even further in supporting families.

Maternal mortality – the missing indicator. – As we wrapped up our South Carolina Early Childhood Databook for publication, our team began to reflect on the process. Perhaps the biggest gap in our data indicators is maternal mortality. This omission in our report somewhat reflects how maternal mortality has been treated in the broader field of medicine and wellness. ur future editions will include maternal mortality, and we intend to utilize the findings shared today in shaping our approach towards two-generation, upstream investment in maternal care and pre-conception health.


Webinar: On April 9, 2019, ICS hosted a webinar, Utilizing the SC Data Book to Your Advantagewhere attendees could learn how to utilize the data from our SC Data Book for action, advocacy, grant requests and landscape analyses. The sessions discussed some of the 80+ indicators of child and family well-being across four domains: family environment, physical health, emotional well-being, and cognitive development. Slides are available now as a PDF, as well as a recording of the webinar.

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