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January 2022 eNews

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Inside this Issue

  • Blog Identifies the Four Major Factors Impacting EC Sector
  • 2022 NDM Conference Moves to Virtual
  • Mary C. Garvey to be Featured on Upcoming Podcast
  • Help Me Grow SC Opens Applications for Network Partner Grants
  • What We've Been Up To: SCAAP Addresses Mental Health Crisis & Legislative Advisory Roundtable

New Paper: From Health Care to Education, the Early Childhood Workforce Is in Crisis

We identify four themes adversely affecting the professions: compensation, burnout, retention, and safety.

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As an organization, ICS focuses on the systems that support young children and their families to help them thrive, spanning health care, child welfare, and early care and education. In order to deliver on the promise of these investments, we need well-trained, well-compensated professionals who can bring their expertise, passion, and commitment to their fields. But across sectors, our society currently underinvests in the needs of this workforce–leading to burnout for professionals and missed opportunities for families.

In our new research paper, “Early Childhood Workforce: Supporting the Professionals Who Support Our Families,” we look at what we broadly define as the “early childhood workforce,”–sectors serving children including medical, education, social work, mental health, and child care. Traditionally, the professionals working in the early childhood sector have been discussed in their individual silos. While these distinctions may be necessary for the sake of funding and regulations, at the end of the day this workforce all serves different needs of the same families within a community and face many related issues. It may not seem intuitive to discuss the earnings of a child care provider compared to a pediatrician–but a review of the research shows that both are under-compensated compared to their adult-serving peers and face high levels of burnout. Change in the sectors is more likely when we view these challenges as inextricably interconnected rather than as separate spheres.

We identify four themes that emerge across these sectors, and all deeply influence each other–and that can best be addressed at a holistic, systems level: compensation, burnout, retention, and safety.


2022 Nurturing Developing Minds Conference All Virtual

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As you may be aware, we are pivoting the 2022 Nurturing Developing Minds Conference to be fully virtual. The agenda lineup features topics you'll want to learn more about—the early childhood system and equity within it as well as the workforce behind it; mental health during COVID-19; Autism; well-being screenings; and health equity.




Approval for Continuing Education for Psychologists is under review. Upon determination, information about which sessions are approved for continuing education for Psychologists will be updated. Prisma Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Prisma Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


More information on continuing professional development credits for early childhood educators will be made available soon.

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A limited number of scholarships are available for child care providers who work at non-profits or family child care centers to attend the virtual 2022 Nurturing Developing Minds Conference and Research Symposium. To apply for a scholarship, please submit your information by Friday, January 28.


If you are selected, you will be contacted by January 31 with a code for free registration. (Scholarships are limited and will be determined through a random drawing of eligible applicants).

2022 Virtual Nurturing Developing Minds Conference

Friday, February 25

9:30 AM-4 PM ET

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Keynote Address 9:30-10:30 AM ET

Family Resiliency in the Era of COVID-19

Carol Weitzman, MD


Dr. Carol Weitzman is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician and the Co-Director of the Autism Spectrum Center at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard School of Medicine. She is a Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine. Nationally, she is the immediate past president of the Society for Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP) is the immediate past chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics and a member of the American Board of Pediatrics DBP sub-board Dr. Weitzman is the author of the AAP Clinical Report “Promoting Optimal Development: Screening for Behavioral and Emotional Problems,” which is undergoing revision this year. She authored the AAP's Interim Guidance on Supporting the Emotional and Behavioral Health Needs of Children, Adolescents, and Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic.



Break 10:40 -11 AM ET



Breakout Session One* 11 AM - 12 PM ET

- Early Childhood Education Quality During Rapid Expansions: Lessons from the Field and Opportunities

Rasheed Malik, Center for American Progress

Christina Weiland, EdD, School of Education and Ford School of Public Policy University of Michigan

Ariel Ford, Division of Child Development and Early Education for the Department of Health and Human Services 


- Active Ingredients of Early Interventions for Social Communication and ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) 

Sarah EdmundsPhD, University of South Carolina; Community-Oriented Lab for Autism and Behavioral Interventions (COLAB) 


- Program Innovations for the “New Normal”: Making Pandemic Adjustments Permanent for Families

Tanya Camunas, A Child’s Haven (Greenville, SC)

Ben Goodman, PhD, Duke Center for Child and Family Policy

Sonya Ebeling, Medical University of South Carolina Center for Telehealth



Lunch 12-1 PM ET



Breakout Session Two* 1-2 PM ET

- Measuring What Matters: Equity Considerations in Early Childhood Measurement Tools

Tyson Barker, PhD, EC PRISM (Early Childhood Precision, Innovation, and Shared Management)

Katie Hammond, EC PRISM 

Aimée Drouin Duncan, PhD, EC PRISM


- LEND Family Panel

Moderator: Karen E. Irick, University of South Carolina Center for Disability Resources 


- Health Equity During a Time of Global Crisis

Mary C. Garvey, Institute for Child Success (ICS)

Bryan Boroughs, Institute for Child Success (ICS)



Break 2-2:30 PM ET



Breakout Session Three* 2:30-3:30 PM

- Early Childhood Workforce: Supporting the Professionals Who Support Our Families

Megan Carolan, Institute for Child Success (ICS)

Amber Posey, Institute for Child Success (ICS)


- Genetics of Autism

Curtis Rogers, MD, Greenwood Genetic Center (Greenville, SC)


- Universal Screenings as a Tool for Child Well-Being

Kerrie Schnake, South Carolina Infant Mental Health Association (SCIMHA)

Kerry SeaseMD, Prisma Health

Kristine Hobbs, SC Department of Health and Human Services


*Tentative Session and Speaker lineup.



Closing Remarks 3:30 PM ET

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Tune in to The Perkins Platform on Wednesday, February 16 at 6 PM ET

ICS VP of Equity and Innovation Mary C. Garvey will be a guest on The Perkins Platform Addressing the Adultification of Black Girls in Schools and Society.

Listen on Blog Talk Radio or catch it on Google Podcasts.

Tune In
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Help Me Grow SC Announces Second Round of Network Partner Grants

The SC Infant Mental Health Association and the Help Me Grow SC affiliate are seeking partners interested in working to promote the healthy development of children birth through age 5. Our second Network Partner funding opportunity will award four grants in April 2022. Partners will join a growing statewide network working to improve universal developmental screening access and strengthen connections to community-based programs and services that promote child health and family well-being. Grantees will receive training, ongoing technical assistance, professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award. Any non-profit agency serving young children and their families is eligible to apply.

Attend an informational webinar on Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 12-1 PM to learn more. Questions? Contact Jane Witowski at helpmegrowsc@scimha.org.


What We've Been Up To

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ICS recently facilitated a virtual session on behalf of the South Carolina chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to learn from pediatricians in the state about mental health care needs for children and adolescents. Findings from this session and research on best practices will be considered to inform the SCAAP’s response to the recently declared national "mental health emergency” for youth. The far-ranging discussion touched on issues related to depression screening, school-based services, hospitalizations, insurance coverage, and community engagement.

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The Legislative Advisory Roundtable, intended to foster an active, nonpartisan exchange of ideas among ICS and legislators, met virtually on January 12. The roundtable meets three times a year to discuss topics related to the SC Early Childhood Common Agenda, ICS’s policy priorities, and other potential legislative solutions.

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