Sign The Letter!

Together, we can do better. U.S. News and World Report ranks South Carolina 48th in the country for education, while our civic, business and faith leaders remain mostly silent. This is systems failure at its worst and at a very cost in human potential. It is no longer acceptable, if it ever was to begin with.

Members of the Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative (TCCC) Board of Directors have drafted a letter addressed to other leaders across the state. This letter, which demands better for all children and their families, is a first step in our advocacy efforts to provoke systemic improvement that results in significantly improved student outcomes.

Read the letter at

Along with dozens of other concerned citizens, I’ve signed this letter, and I’m asking you to sign it as well. Please email to have your name included.

Thank you for your support!


John C. Read

TCCC office closed for Independence Day

The Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative office at 6296 Rivers Avenue, Suite 308 in North Charleston will be closed on July 4 in honor of Independence Day.
Staff will return to the office on July 5.
We hope you have a safe, happy 4th of July!

KIDS COUNT ranks South Carolina 41st in education

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its annual KIDS COUNT Data Book. South Carolina ranks 41st in Education, 37th in Family and Community, 36th in Health and 34th in Economic Well-Being.

Some South Carolina data points from the report:

  • 74% of 8th graders not proficient in math
  • 71% of 4th graders not proficient in reading
  • 53% (63,000) children age 3-4 not in school
  • 41% (418,000) children in single-parent families
  • 23% (249,000) children living in poverty
  • 17% of high school students not graduating on time
  • 13% (138,000) children living in high-poverty areas
  • 12% (129,000) children in families where the household head lacks a high school diploma
  • 4% (44,000) children without health insurance