South Carolina Early Childhood Association
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.
History of 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 1500+ members, a variety of trainings have been established to help provide quality training to child care providers, administrators, and teachers across the state. An annual statewide conference was also established to provide training, networking and community among 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.
Fill out our online membership application.