Financing Early Care and Education: Options for South Carolina

Publication Summary:

Despite recent funding increases, less than one third of South Carolina’s low income young children receive publicly subsidized early care and education (ECE). Meeting the unmet demand for ECE services would cost the state several hundred million additional dollars. State general revenues and a handful of federal block grant programs provide the lion’s share of funding for ECE in South Carolina and the US overall. Block grants are capped and state revenues are tight. Thus, proposals to expand and/or improve ECE must be accompanied by new financing strategies.

Author(s): Kelly O'Donnell
Publication Date: May 2015
Publication Type: Policy Brief
Publication Topic: Financing
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