Newsletter for October 2015


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2015 Research Symposium 

Approximately 180 professionals representing health care, academia, government and service providers participated in the third ICS Early Childhood Research Symposium on October 15 and 16.  Presenting sponsors included the Children's Hospital of the Greenville Health System, the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee, and Greenville First Steps.  The symposium brought together a rich diversity of disciplines and leaders from across the country to inform the creation of high-quality early childhood health, education, and safety systems.

Champions for Children Award

On October 15, ICS was pleased to recognize the SC Education Oversight Committee and Beaufort County Schools during the ICS "Champions for Children" Award ceremony and reception.  Sponsored by the United Way Association of South Carolina, the United Way of the Lowcountry and Herff Jones, ICS welcomed representatives from both the SC Education Oversight Committee and Beaufort County Schools to celebrate their achievements in advancing the wellbeing of South Carolina's youngest citizens. 

ICS discusses Brookings Report on Pay for Success

As the field of Pay for Success (PFS) financing continues to grow, both in the U.S. and internationally, it is essential that we learn from those who have real-world experience in previous PFS deals. A recent report from the Brookings Institution, which ICS discussed in a  blog, provides a quantitative look at the experiences of those involved in deal construction internationally. But what about those who are actually providing the services on the ground?  ICS recently hosted a webinar on Pay for Success from the Service Provider's Perspective as part of our technical assistance supported by the Social Innovation Fund. The webinar elevated the voice of service providers in four major PFS deals in the United States. Read more here.

Anne Mosle discus sion re-cap

ICS welcomed Anne Mosle, Vice President at the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of  Ascend at the Aspen Institute, to Greenville on September 17.  Ann presented the findings of Ascend's recent exploration into two-generational approaches to child and family success. Following her presentation, Anne  joined a panel discussion moderated by  Eleanor Dunlap of the Graham Foundation that included David Gandolfo of Furman University and Brian Collier of the Foundation for the Carolinas.

New ICS analysis discusses the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has the potential to improve educational outcomes for children whose families receive it, according to a new analysis ICS released in mid-October. Michelle Maxfield, PhD, of Michigan State University, used variations in federal and state EITC policies over time to study the impact on academic achievement of children in families who received an increase in the maximum amount available through the EITC. Megan Carolan, ICS Associate Director for Policy Research, explains more here.                                                                                                 

Celebrating Darnell McPherson

We are proud to announce that ICS Board member Darnell McPherson has been selected by BUILD to be part of the first cohort in the Equity Leaders Action Network. Darnell was selected to be a part of this important network due to her demonstrated ability to promote equity, influence others in the areas of health, early learning and family support, and for her ability to influence state level policy.  Congratulations Darnell!


ICS turns 5!

Dear Friends of ICS:

The Institute for Child Success was 'born' 5 years ago on September 22, 2010. To mark the occasion, the ICS staff recently celebrated with cake and balloons, and took a few minutes to reflect on where ICS has been and where ICS is going over the next 5 years. In reflecting on our accomplishments, a common theme emerged: The success of ICS would not be possible without the partnership of the many individuals and organizations that support and collaborate with us in pursuit of our mission -- to ensure the success of all young children.

One way we are observing our fifth year is by looking forward with the adoption of a new mission and vision statement. These changes reflect what we have learned with you and from you over the last 5 years, and they cast an even sharper vision of where we hope to go in the next 5 years.

Over the next year, we hope that you will join us as we commemorate ICS's fifth anniversary by celebrating the many ways we have worked alongside our many friends to propel lasting, positive change in the lives of tens of thousands of children.

Thank you for your partnership and thank you for your ongoing support!


Jamie Moon
ICS President

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