WHEREAS, child care is also known as pre-school, early care and education, child development, school-age child care, and day care, but for consistency, will hereafter be referred to collectively as "child care"; and
WHEREAS, considerable public investment in research in the neurological, behavioral and social sciences has led to major advances in understanding the conditions that are critical to the future success of children; and
WHEREAS, some of the most consistent findings in scientific literature link the quality of child care that children receive to a positive effect on early learning, cognitive and language development, greater academic success, and a decreased likelihood of drug and alcohol use and other problem behaviors; and
WHEREAS, scientific evidence supports the premise that wise public investment in child care can increase the likelihood of favorable results for children, as well as a return to the community in the form of increased earnings; and
WHEREAS, a coordinated child care system will eliminate fragmentation by establishing linkages that maximize resources and promote more effective planning to assist families in accessing affordable quality child care when they need it; and
WHEREAS, State Department of Education is the state entity responsible for establishing curriculum and academic standards for school child care programs; and
WHEREAS, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) is the administering agency for the provision of federally and state-subsidized child care services and the promotion of quality child care programs.
NOW, THEREFORE, I do hereby designate the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as the lead agency for child care to:
South Carolina Department of Education
South Carolina Department of Social Services
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
South Carolina Head Start Collaboration Office
South Carolina Office of First Steps
South Carolina Office of the Governor
The Council membership will also include one representative from the Success by Six programs, a member from The Alliance for South Carolina's Children, one representative from the faith-based community service organizations, and at least one member representing child care providers, with the remaining members to be selected by the Council.
This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND THE SEAL OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, THIS 25th DAY OF SEPTEMBER 2001.
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