Welcome to SCECA


In 1950, the Columbia Preschool Council invited all the preschool teachers in the state to a meeting to hear Dr. Jimmy Hymes. Strong interest was expressed in forming a statewide group to connect and provide trainings to teachers across the state. A committee was appointed and representatives were sent to a meeting in Nashville. This meeting resulted in the formation of the Southern Association on Children Under Six.
In 1992, the name of our organization was changed to the South Carolina Early Childhood Association following the name change of the Southern Early Childhood Association. Our purpose was also expanded to serve children through the age of eight and their families.
With SCECA's membership growing to over 1000+ members,a variety of trainings have been established to help provide quality training to child care providers, administrators, and teachers across the state. A annual state wide conference was also established to provide training, networking and community amongst teachers throughout the state.
We are always looking for new ideas and ways to improve SCECA. Please feel to let us know how we are doing and how we can better serve the teachers of South Carolina.

Vaudrien Ray
SCECA President

Year Founded




Our Mission

The mission of the South Carolina Early Childhood Association (SCECA) is to enhance knowledge; advance evidence based practices, and provide leadership to increase public understanding and support for policy that results in high quality early care and education for every child from birth to age eight in South Carolina.

About Us


Make your plans now to attend the 62nd SCECA Conference
in Myrtle Beach on January 25-27, 2018.

2016 Early Childhood Public Policy Agenda

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