South Carolina

We’re Empowering South Carolinans to Be the Voice for Kids

 South Carolinans overwhelmingly support investing in our kids, and especially early education.

This is key because research shows the first five years of children’s lives are critically important for their development. We’re committed to ensuring all children succeed in school and life.

Learn how we’re investing in South Carolina’s future. 


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Bird-Dog Our Gubernatorial Candidates on Behalf of Kids

June 3, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - November 8, 2022 @ 6:30 pm EDT

As the governor’s race heats up in South Carolina, our advocates are making it their business to a...

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Save the Children Action Network Applauds South Carolina Lawmakers for Expanding Public 4K

Save the Children Action Network is thrilled with the South Carolina state budget, released today, which historically expands the state’s public four-year-old kindergarten program. Before today’s announcement, only four-year-olds residing in low-income school districts could access publicly funded 4K. But, now, all South Carolina four-year-olds from income-eligible families can enroll, no matter where they live.

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Save the Children Applauds Introduction of the SMART Act

Save the Children is pleased to endorse the bipartisan Summer Meals Alternative Relief and Transportation (SMART) Act being introduced in Congress today by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Cory Booker (D-NJ). The SMART Act would ensure children in rural communities and other hard-to-reach areas have access to nutritious meals during the summer months when school meals are not accessible. Currently, at the end of the school year, only 14 percent of eligible low-income children receive meals through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), often because they cannot access meal distribution sites due to distance or lack of transportation. The SMART Act would work to address this by establishing an alternate food distribution service option, direct home delivery.

State Leadership

Deborah DePaoli
Mobilization Manager, South Carolina

Deborah DePaoli is a life-long educator. With thirty years of experience in public education, Deborah knows the importance of early childhood experiences and is highly motivated to reach out to like-minded community activists. Deborah is involved in her community and is a champion for those who are vulnerable.

Deborah grew up in southern California where she earned a teaching certificate at Cal State San Marcos. After moving to Columbia in 2005, Deborah has worked in local early childhood programs and earned a Master’s degree in administration and leadership from Southern Wesleyan University. She lives in Columbia now with her two precious children, True and Asher.

Email Deborah at [email protected]

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