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South Carolina Early Childhood Research Symposium ResearchSym    

Symposium Keynote, Dr. Paul Dworkin (L) with the Honorable Richard Riley (R)
The Children's Hospital of Greenville Health System and ICS hosted the SC Early Childhood  Research Symposium on October 10th and 11th. Dr. Paul Dworkin provided opening remarks at the reception on Thursday evening at the new USC School of Medicine. Dr. Dworkin and Dr. Marcia Hughes provided the keynote presentation the following morning. Twenty speakers and panelists participated in a day of presentations across three tracks.

Click here to read more about the speakers and their presentations.

Rural Counties Symposium rural   

On October 22nd, ICS hosted
Ensuring the Success of Young Children in Rural South Carolina: A symposium for stakeholders from South Carolina rural communities.
Teach for America's Josh Bell presents at
the Oct. 22 event

This event was held in Florence and co-hosted with Francis Marion University and the Gail and Terry Richardson Center for the Child. Presenters included Josh Bell, Executive Director, Teach for America SC; Judie Jerald, Sr. Early Childhood Advisor, Save the Children USA; Ben Goodman, Research Scientist, Center for Child and Family Policy, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University; and Jeanne Gunther, Assistant Professor of Education at Francis Marion University.


On November 20th, ICS will host Exploring Alternative Finance Strategies: Louisiana's School Readiness Tax Credits, a webinar featuring Dr. Geoffrey Nagle, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Tulane University and architect of Louisiana's school readiness tax credit program.

For more information on participating in this webinar click on the image below.



The Social Impact Finance Working Group met for the final time on October 30 in Columbia. We were pleased to be joined by guests from North Carolina and Connecticut who are interested in exploring pay for success financing for early childhood interventions. This working group focused on developing the knowledge-base and awareness around income-contingent and performance contingent financing arrangements for early childhood programs in South Carolina. Another focus of the working group was exploring the feasibility of using Pay for Success financing mechanisms to scale and sustain high-quality early childhood interventions. 

ICS President, Jamie Moon, featured in Children's Trust of South Carolina blogjamieblog 


Jamie Moon, ICS President, was featured recently on the Children's Trust of South Carolina blog. On November 4th, Annie E. Casey released a policy report on the first eight years of a child's life and outlined federal/state policy recommendations to help children succeed. Jamie provided his perspective on the piece, including how the "Framework for Investing in South Carolina's Future" constructed by ICS addresses the report's recommendations.

For the full blog post, click here.


ICS Welcomes Internintern


Kevin Seok-Hyun Mun joins the ICS team as a research intern. He is a junior at New York University, Stern School of Business, pursuing double major in Finance and Statistics with a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Kevin came to the U.S. to study when he was 15 years old. After serving in the Army for two years, Kevin has been actively exploring the intersection between the social impact and business, especially in the social finance space. Recently, Kevin helped Megan Golden and the Institute for Child Success in the feasibility test for evaluating the applicability of using Pay for Success financing to scale up Nurse-Family Partnership in South Carolina. Prior to that, he assisted Korea Social Finance Institute advising the Seoul City Government for its initial development of a Social Impact Bond in Korea. After starting his career in finance, Kevin eventually hopes to create positive social impact through strategic means.

Frances Ellison honored with this year's
All For the Love of Children  Awardfrances

ICS Board Member Frances Ellison was presented with the All For the Love of Children Award, an annual award given by GHS Children's Hospital to an individual or family that has dedicated their lives to making a difference for children. She has been a community leader and advocate for more than 30 years. Ellison has held leadership roles on many boards in Greenville County and has founded or co-founded many non profits that provide services to children and families in the upstate. In addition, she was instrumental in founding Big Buddies, the predecessor of Children's Hospital Development Council. This effort, started more than twenty years ago, continues to provide volunteer support, legislative advocacy, and fund development for the Children's Hospital.

Featured Partner: Richardson Center for The Childpartner

The Gail and Terry Richardson Center for the Child at Francis Marion University serves as a regional and state model for the dissemination of best practices in early childhood education, evaluation, and intervention. In a state with low academic achievement, underemployment, and poverty, Francis Marion University has a vision for building a better future through services for early childhood. Within the university community, the talents, skills, and knowledge of faculty in the Psychology Department and the School of Education along with other departments such as Nursing, will be available to the Richardson Center, working jointly to improve lives.  Through university classes, students will also get firsthand experience in working with the nearly one hundred young children the center will serve.

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