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ICS Releases Results of Second Annual South Carolina Poll Looking at Early Childhood Investmentpoll
A survey of South Carolina voters commissioned by the Institute for Child Success (ICS) reveals that a majority (53%) of South Carolina voters continue to believe that most South Carolina children are not prepared for school when they enter kindergarten. Further, 62% of voters said that they support increasing public investment in early childhood health and education programs (up from 56% last year). The survey of 581 South Carolina voters - taken July 25-27 by Public Policy Polling (PPP) - also revealed that over two-thirds of South Carolina voters (69%) support the state's recent expansion of 4-year-old kindergarten for low-income children living in certain school districts (up from 65% last year).


We are very encouraged that South Carolina's citizens are increasingly supportive of investing in our state's youngest children. We applaud the General Assembly's recent expansion of 4K, and we look forward to working with them to ensure quality early experiences and supports for families with children under 4. With 90% of brain growth happening during the first five years of life, it is critical that we not wait until 4K to invest in our future.

To read more about the poll, see: http://bit.ly/1vcmSOL.
Peter Gorski to Provide Keynote at Research Symposiumsymposium

The ICS 2014 Early Childhood Research Symposium will be held on October 17, 2014 at the Children's Hospital of Palmetto Health in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Peter Gorski of The Florida Children's Trust will provide the morning plenary session. Dr. Gorski is the Chief Health and Child Development Officer at the Children's Trust of Miami-Dade County, Professor of Pediatrics and Humanities, Health & Society at Florida International University, Professor of Public Health, Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of South Florida and Past President of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health.

The Symposium will include nine sessions along the tracks of Education and Care, Health and Development, and Systems and Policy. There will also be poster presentations and a panel discussion about linking health, education, policy and the community.

If you plan to attend the Symposium, there is a block of rooms available at the Inn at USC that will expire September 16. To view specifics, visit:
Work Continuing on Early Childhood Common Agendacommon

On Monday, July 28, the Children's Trust hosted an Early Childhood Common Agenda Assembly. ICS led the effort to craft the initial Early Childhood Common Agenda in 2013, and we are pleased that the Children's Trust is taking leadership to continue this important effort. The Assembly brought dozens of early childhood organizations and experts together to help refresh the common agenda for the upcoming legislative session. Through this process, the many stakeholders working to advance the interests of South Carolina's youngest children can speak to our elected officials with clear recommendations in a unified voice. We thank the Children's Trust for their leadership, the United Way Association of South Carolina for their ongoing partnership, and Kids Count - a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation - for their invaluable support.
Progress on Pay for Success in Congresscongress

On June 18, Representatives Young of Indiana and Delaney of Maryland, introduced legislation that would help the federal government engage in Pay for Success transactions (the Social Impact Bond Act). On Wednesday, July 30, Senators Bennet of Colorado and Hatch of Utah introduced a companion bill in the US Senate (the Pay for Performance Act).

ICS believes Pay for Success (or Pay for Performance) financing can help us achieve our shared vision of a world where government supports robust early childhood programs that are accountable for the results they produce for children and communities and where the public, private, and nonprofit sectors work together transparently to maximize resources and outcomes for children. We thank Representatives Young and Delaney and Senators Bennet and Hatch for their bipartisan legislative leadership in advancing PFS at the federal level, and we look forward to thoughtfully advancing the use of these mechanisms across the United States.
First Official Pay for Success Results Released from Peterboroughpeterborough
Social Finance UK has recently released official interim results of the first Pay for Success deal, based out of Peterborough:

An independent evaluator found that the SIB-financed program, One Service, reduced reoffending among the first cohort of 1,000 ex-prisoners by 8.4 percent compared to the national experience.  If this trend continues, investors in the transaction will recoup their principal and earn a positive return when the project concludes in 2016, as this reduction exceeds the performance threshold of 7.5 percent.

For the full article, see: http://bit.ly/1shMesp.
ICS Staff Honored by the SC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatricsaap

The Institute for Child Success is pleased to announce that our President, Jamie Moon and Vice President, Joe Waters were recently honored by the South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics with the Chapter's 2014 Child Advocate Award at the SCAAP Annual Meeting in Myrtle Beach on August 2. This award is given to an individual or entity that has demonstrated leadership in and made significant contributions to the health, safety and/or welfare of the children of South Carolina. Past recipients include Governor Richard W. Riley, Governor and Mrs. Carroll A. Campbell, Jr., Senator John Land, Representative James Smith, ICS Board Member Linda Brees, Dr. Charles Darby, and Dr. Baron Holmes. 
ICS Presents at American Psychological Association's National Conferenceapa
ICS Vice President Joe Waters was invited by Dr. Sharon Portwood, Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and President of the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37 of the American Psychological Association) to present at her Presidential Symposium during the APA's annual convention in Washington, D.C. this month. The topic of the symposium was "Innovative Approaches to Building and Sustaining Child Health Promotion and Prevention Programs." ICS Advisory Council member Elizabeth Winer also participated in the session. 


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