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EOC Report Evaluates Child Development Education Program

January 29, 2016 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
SC Education Oversight Committee

On January 15, 2016, the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) released a report evaluating the Child Development Education Program (CDEP), a full-day educational pre-kindergarten program for at-risk four-year-olds. CDEP was established in 2006 as a pilot program for children residing in the plaintiff districts in the school funding lawsuit, Abbeville County School District et al. vs. SC, but was written into permanent law in 2014.

The program is implemented in both public and private centers across the state. School districts can participate voluntarily and are eligible for CDEP funds if the district poverty index is at or above 70 percent. The SC Office of First Steps administers CDEP in private childcare centers located in eligible districts. 

The report released, the first in a two-part series, documents the expansion of the program; details the results of the CIRCLE assessment given during the 2014-15 school year; and looks ahead, examining how quality in 4K settings can be  defined. 

VIEW EOC report.

For more information, contact Dana Yow at 803-734-6148 or

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