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      In This Newsletter, November 2014::
SC Early Childhood Annual Data Report Releaseddatabook
ICS released the first edition of the South Carolina Early Childhood Annual Data Report in October. The report (available here) pulls together indicators of child well-being across multiple domains of child development, including family environment, physical health, emotional well-being, and cognitive development in order to understand the state of young children in South Carolina. This databook is a catalog of readily accessible information in the public domain for use by citizens, parents, service providers, public officials, foundations, and others with an interest in early childhood health and well-being. In addition to providing a snapshot of children in South Carolina, this report highlights the need for improving the quality and accessibility of early childhood data. This project will be updated annually and as South Carolina continues to invest in its youngest children, we expect the indicators discussed in this report to reflect the state's success in improving early childhood well-being.


John Brennan to Provide Keynote Business Leaders Forum brennan

We're thrilled to announce that John Brennan will be joining us at the Business Leaders Forum on January 27th in Columbia, SC.  He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He joined Vanguard in 1982, was elected chief financial officer in 1985, president in 1989, and served as chief executive officer from 1996 to 2008 and chairman from 1998 through 2009. He has been chairman emeritus and senior advisor to Vanguard since 2010.  He is a trustee of The Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program and the University of Notre Dame and served as chairman of the Financial Accounting Foundation.


ICS Welcomes Two New Additions to Our Board of Directorsboard

ICS is pleased to announce that Darnell McPherson, of Darlington County, and Liz Winer, of Charlotte, have agreed to join our Board of Directors.  Darnell and Liz have been powerful advocates for early childhood success in the Carolinas, and they bring a wealth of expertise and enthusiasm to our efforts.  We are delighted to have them both as new members of our governing board.


Darnell McPherson - Darnell is a graduate of Boylan Haven Mather Academy and Southern Wesleyan University.  In 2008, she was selected to serve as executive director of Darlington County First Steps. During her tenure, First Steps has become a partner agency of United Way of Hartsville and earned the support of the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation, the Byerly Foundation, Bi-Lo Charities, the S. C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Duke Energy Foundation, and most recently, the Children's Trust of South Carolina.  Darnell was recently recognized by the Region IV Head Start Association as the "Humanitarian of the Year" for her work in championing early childhood education, parent services, and community collaboration within the Head Start program in South Carolina.  In 2011, she completed the S. C. Education Policy Fellowship Program, a 10-month intensive professional development program for leaders in education.  In 2012, the Hartsville Kiwanis selected her Kiwanian of the Year.  For the past year, Darnell has served on the ICS Advisory Council and has worked with ICS staff to lead the ICS Early Childhood Rural Communities initiative.


Liz Winer - (with a placeholder image) Liz is a graduate of American University in Washington, DC.  Liz is very active in the philanthropic community of Charlotte, NC.  She currently serves as Chair of the Mecklenburg County Community Advisory Board for Nurse-Family Partnership, as a member of the Board of Directors of CareRing, and as a member of the North Carolina state advisory board for Nurse-Family Partnership. With her husband Brad Winer, a managing director with Deloitte Corporate Finance, Liz and Brad co-founded the Winer Family Foundation. For the past year, Liz has served on the ICS Advisory Council.  In March 2014, Liz hosted a joint ICS/ReadyNation reception in her home, bringing together many funders from the Mecklenburg area to learn more about strategic investment in early childhood.  In October 2014, Liz assisted ICS in hosting and planning a Donors' Forum held at the Duke Mansion in Charlotte. 


Early Childhood Research Symposium Wrap-Up symposium

In October, ICS brought together more than 160 professionals representing academia, health care, government, and service providers for the second annual South Carolina Early Childhood Research Symposium. The event explored the latest early childhood research with a focus on connecting research, policy and the community to build a  stronger early childhood system in our state. Presentations over three tracks were shared with participants: policy and systems, early childhood education, and health and development; poster presentations. The Symposium also featured a panel discussion on linking health, education, policy and the community and an inspiring keynote address by Dr. Peter Gorski of the Children's Trust of Miami-Dade County. 

The Symposium had presenting sponsors Greenville Health System's Children's Hospital, Palmetto Health's Children's Hospital, and ICS as well as sponsors Greenville County First Steps, Richland County First Steps, and the South Carolina Department of Education. This event built upon the success of 2013's inaugural Research Symposium and will now be held annually. 

To learn more about the Symposium as well as see the presentations, visit our website. 

SC Legislative Audit Council Issues Report on Child Welfare Services at DSSaudit

The Institute for Child Success (ICS) was pleased to see the Legislative Audit Council's recently released audit report on Child Welfare Services at the Department of Social Services. Members of the General Assembly requested the audit in 2012 due to growing concerns about the health and safety of children involved in South Carolina's child welfare system. Over the past two years, the LAC has collected and analyzed data to provide evidence-based recommendations to the General Assembly about the problems faced by DSS and the services that it provides to South Carolina's most vulnerable children.

To learn more, visit our blog post on the report here.

Save the Date! Nurturing Developing Minds Conference: February 27nurturing

ICS is pleased to join the Children's Hospital of Greenville Health System and South Carolina Leadership Education to Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (SC LEND) in sponsoring the 2015 Nurturing Developing Minds Conference.  This regional conference will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, SC.  Keynote speakers will include Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, MD, Chief, Developmental Disabilities Branch, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Jeffrey Brosco, MD, PhD, Director, Pediatrics Program & Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.


For more information, please click here.


Pew Reports on Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)CHIP


Pew Charitable Trusts released a report that details spending and enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP, for short).  The report details how CHIP has helped reduce the number of uninsured children from 10.7 million in 1997 to 6.6 million in 2012.  It also states that the program costs 40% less per child than traditional employer-sponsored insurance and Medicaid.


In 2012, CHIP provided health care for 7% of South Carolina's children.


The full report is available online at: http://bit.ly/1zN1e6d



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