A recent community needs assessment conducted by the Institute for Child Success (which is leading the collaborative’s Childhood Homelessness Project) revealed gaps in services and the critical state of housing instability in Greenville County. In response, we are organizing a listening tour to understand community issues on the ground.
Last week, we posted an update on early childhood legislation passed at the end of the legislative session. Governor Haley signed much of the legislation into law this week, including a provision that extended funding for First Steps for one more year. However, the Governor vetoed the First Steps reauthorization and reform legislation.
We are disappointed that reforms to South Carolina’s program for young children may not go into effect this year. We are also encouraged, though, that Governor Haley intends to seek improvements in this area, as expressed in her written message about her veto. We remain committed to building a smart early childhood policy for South Carolina, and we look forward to working further with our elected officials and other stakeholders to improve the effectiveness of this system.