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The Island Packet
July 13, 2013

A recent audit of South Carolina First Steps, the state's school-readiness program, shows that there are changes to  be made in order to make a more effective program within the state. First Steps, a nonprofit entity, focuses on early childhood development and works to improve school readiness for at-risk children from birth to age five. Among some of the changes listed, were a clearer definition of First Step's goals and what qualifies a child as "at-risk".


Three recent stories have highlighted South Carolina's award of a grant to receive Social Impact Bond technical assistance from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government:

June 14, 2013
The Post and Courier
July 14, 2013


News & Tools from Around the Country 
Foundation Strategy Group
July 13, 2013


National attention on the importance of early learning has never been greater. This report is the product of an effort to assess and synthesize the current state of indicators in the early learning field and to identify gaps in what currently exists. Highlighted in this report are two examples where indicators have helped to support collaboration on behalf of better outcomes for young children in Bremerton, Washington and Boston, Massachusetts.

The Inquirer  

July 22, 2013


After 23 years, the University of Pennsylvania's 'crack baby' study concludes that "poverty is a more powerful influence on the outcome of inner city children than gestational exposure to cocaine."


New America Foundation

July 8, 2013


New Research shows that targeted parent training led to sustained improvements in student focus, better performance on language and IQ assessments and reductions in parental stress.


Next Generation Blog 

July 15, 2013


Research shows that a good night's sleep is vital to building the brain development and academic achievement of young children. 

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June/July 2013
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