Research - SC First Steps


South Carolina First Steps conducts rigorous research on issues relevant to young children and school readiness in South Carolina. We share our findings to improve the efficacy of early childhood programs and promote better outcomes for young children and their families.

Research and Evaluation Reports

Explore reports, briefs, and publications produced by South Carolina First Steps

Peer Reviewed Publications

First Steps staff contribute to advancements in the field of early childhood, presenting at regional and national conferences and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Below is a sample of their recent publications.


Explore news and insights about early childhood from media outlets and partners across the nation.

Child Care in 35 States: What we know and don’t know

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How much additional child care does South Carolina need? Researchers from the Bipartisan Policy Center analyzed the supply and potential need among families in 25 states, including South Carolina.

The Hunt Institute South Carolina 2020 Early Childhood Data Narratives

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This state data profile is intended to provide a snapshot of the risk factors experienced by children of South Carolina and services reaching the children and families for whom they are intended.

Zero to Three 2021 State of Babies Yearbook South Carolina Profile

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This state profile provides a snapshot of how infants, toddlers, and their families are faring in three policy domains (Good Health, Strong Families, Positive Early Learning Experiences).

For more information, or to submit a data request, contact

Chelsea Richard, PhD, MSPH

Director of Research and Strategy