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April 2022 eNews

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Inside this Issue

  • Schmidt Matching Gift Challenge
  • ICS Founders Luncheon
  • ICS at the Smart Start Conference in May
  • Carolan Featured in Next Avenue, Boroughs Shares Industry Insights with Newsweek, plus ICS Receives Quality Counts Award, and MacKenzie's Adventures

Upcoming Events

Schmidt Matching Gift Challenge. It's On!

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ICS is thrilled to announce a matching gift challenge by two of our most committed supporters, Mrs. Jean and Dr. Bill Schmidt. They have pledged to match any donation, up to an overall total of $25,000, now through May 15, (11:59 PM ET). Take the challenge and double your gift!

You Are Invited to the ICS Founders Luncheon

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

11:30 AM-1:30 PM ET

The L (Larkin's Catering & Events)

211 E. Broad St., Suite B

Greenville, SC 29601

RSVP at bit.ly/ICSFounders or

email John Young Shik Concklin

ICS focuses on early childhood and many young children are not yet eligible to receive the COVID vaccination. We require that all guests be fully vaccinated and/or test negative for COVID-19 at least 72 hours prior to the luncheon. Thank you for considering the safety of young children.

Supporting Sponsor

Kincaid Retirement and Wealth Management, LLC

Event Sponsors

American Services

The Bradshaw Family

Chiefs Services

Cliff and Carolyn Ellis Foundation

Hughes Agency

Natalma (Tami) McKnew

Molina Health

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

The Riley Institute 

South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

In-Kind Sponsor

Uptown Company

ICS Will Be at the 2022 Smart Start Conference

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Vice President and General Counsel Bryan Boroughs is leading a panel (featuring City of Spartanburg Manager Chris Story), "Hello Family Spartanburg: Transforming Systems with Universal and Tiered Supports" on Monday, May 2 at 10 AM ET. Attendees will learn how ICS leveraged impact investing to improve the outcomes for young children and their families by providing a continuum of evidence-based services from prenatal care to age five.

VP of Research Megan Carolan will present the session, "The Early Childhood Workforce Across Sectors: Building a Sustainable Workforce," on Tuesday, May 3 at 1:30 PM ET. She will delve into systems that support young children and their families–health care, child welfare, and early care and education.

Check out the agenda

Register for the virtual event

What We've Been Up To

ICS VP and Her Mom Lend Expert and Experienced Advice in Next Avenue

ICS VP of Policy Research Megan Carolan and her mother were featured in a magazine article about communication being essential when relying on grandparents for child care.

"Carolan says there are many reasons more grandparents are watching grandchildren full time, including day care shortages, as well as parents feeling more comfortable with trusting their children–especially babies–to family members."

Read the full article

Bryan Boroughs Appeared in Newsweek Article about Retaining High-Quality Talent

ICS VP and General Counsel, and Newsweek Expert Forum Member Bryan Boroughs shared his insight for a piece on how employers must offer additional benefits to increase the likelihood they will draw and retain top-notch candidates.

Boroughs spoke about the value of being flexible when it comes to when and where one worksit's beneficial to the employee, their family and their teammates.

Read the full article

ICS Awarded for Work Supporting Quality Counts

ICS President and CEO Jamie Moon was pleased to join Quality Counts in celebrating 10 years of promoting high-quality early learning for the children of Spartanburg County. ICS was recognized alongside other partners for its role in supporting and promoting the work of Quality Counts over the past decade.

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pictured: Barbara Manoski, Executive Director, Spartanburg County First Steps; Jamie Moon; and Tammy Compton, Program Director, Quality Counts Spartanburg

A Child’s Haven Celebrates Earth Day and Observes Child Abuse Prevention Month

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On April 22, A Child’s Haven (ACH) hosted an in-house field trip for Earth Day that also honored Child Abuse Prevention Month. Christopher Miller from Horseshoe Farm worked with the children of ACH to teach them how to plant seeds and take care of plants as they grow in the newly revealed vegetable garden. During this time, each class “planted” pinwheels in the vegetable garden for Child Abuse Prevention Month.


Earth Day was another way to combine ACH therapy services with the healing benefits of nature. ICS Senior Fellow Mary MacKenzie is looking forward to training ACH on how to reach the full potential of the outside space.

ICS Fellow Gets Creative with USC Upstate Students

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ICS Senior Fellow Mary MacKenzie addressed the students of the USC Upstate Child Development and Family Studies Program with a presentation, "Nurturing Creativity Through Open-Ended Play" on April 14. She was invited by Dr. Nur Tanyel for the in-person event. 

Return on Investment of the Help Me Grow Model and Implications for Early Childhood

ICS, the Help Me Grow National Center, and the SC Infant Mental Health Association produced a webinar on April 8 for providers and researchers focusing on young children. It centered on new research on the innovative Help Me Grow model.

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