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WREN Upstate Summit
Amanda McDougald Scott, ICS Research Associate, spoke at the WREN Upstate Summit on the role of childcare as an economic imperative for families and an economic investment for our communities. You can view the full panel discussion here .

Creativity Connects
ICS Senior Fellow Janice Gruendel , accompanied by Allison Logan of Bridgeport Prospers in Connecticut, served as keynote speakers at the recent Creativity Connects: Arts in Early Learning event in Denver. The Creativity Connects series brings together community leaders in five cities to spark a dialogue about early learning through the arts, implemented by ICS and the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. Janice and Allison spoke about inclusion and social-emotional impacts of arts integration. We are happy to share an archived recording on our website - their presentation begins at minute mark 28.

Join us for the final Creativity Connects event on December 5 in Los Angeles. This event will focus on S upporting Early Literacy and Language Development Through the Arts , with keynote speaker Yvette Sanchez-Fuentes (Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.). RSVP now !

Lessons from Finland
ICS President Jamie Moon & more than 20 South Carolina education stakeholders recently completed a field study trip to Finland, looking at public education. We appreciate the collaboration among so many organizations to improve outcomes for children, particularly from the hosts Public Education Partners The Riley Institute at Furman  &  Furman University  Department of Education.

Media Coverage
Director of Policy Research Megan Carolan was quoted on interior design website Apartment Therapy discussing benefit of “granny pods” and extended family living for seniors - "Children also benefit from having a grandparent nearby, as a friend, caregiver, and partner in play, and parents may be able to reduce some of the stress on their own scheduling or the financial pressures of paid childcare by having grandparents so close to pitch in."