South Carolina Partnerships for Inclusion is a preschool inclusion initiative made possible by partnership through the South Carolina Department of Education's Office of Special Education Services and the University of South Carolina's Yvonne and Schuyler Moore Child Development Research Center. This work took root in 2016 as the SC Preschool Inclusion Initiative, a project under the SC Gateways: Cradle to Career grant, to develop and implement a comprehensive plan to increase inclusive opportunities and improve school readiness outcomes for preschool children with disabilities in selected districts. Through that work, we developed a support framework, created tools for planning and measurement, and facilitated the organization of eight district level cross-sector leadership teams.
The SC Department of Education, Office of Special Education Services has committed to supporting the continuation of this work. Districts participating in this initiative receive free technical assistance to develop cross-sector leadership teams and create and implement 5-year strategic plans outlining their goals and plans of action related to preschool inclusion.
The goal of this project is for local education agencies (LEAs) to be better positioned to increase access to general education curriculum for preschool children with disabilities, so they can learn alongside their peers without disabilities, supporting the equal opportunity to learn for all students.