ICS Releases New Policy Brief  
A letter from ICS President    

Dear Colleagues:


As a research and policy organization focused on early childhood, the Institute for Child Success (ICS) seeks to align and improve resources for the success of all young children in South Carolina. To accomplish our objectives, we seek to produce and disseminate research that informs the dialogue around important early childhood policy decisions.


Earlier this month, ICS released its most recent research-based policy brief focused on the current status of publicly funded 4K in South Carolina and offering considerations for decision makers. Click here to view the brief. Citing the return on investment of high quality, evidence-based preschool interventions, the policy brief supports a prioritized, incremental 4K expansion guided by fidelity to best practices and done within the context of broader early childhood system reforms. The result will be increased school readiness, enhanced child wellbeing, and greater prosperity for our state.


Addressing early childhood development challenges in South Carolina is a complex task requiring a holistic approach informed by research and a rigorous focus on outcomes for children.  ICS' research and policy initiatives, such as the new 4K policy brief, aim to both clarify and frame these important discussions so that we can work together to build a system that ensures success for our youngest children.


Jamie Moon  

ICS President 


ICS Host Panel Discussion about Public 4K in South Carolina 
From left, Tricia Sheldon, Tim Ervolina, Don Herriott, and Molly Griggs 

ICS unveiled its newest policy brief, Public 4K in South Carolina: An Overview of Existing  Programs and Considerations for Decision Makers, on May 15 at an event in Columbia.  Molly Griggs, M.Ed, author of the report provided those in attendance with an overview of the brief and her major findings.  This presentation was followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Susan Thomson Shi, ICS Board Chair.  Those participating on the panel included Don Herriott of New Carolina's Education and Workforce Development Task Force, Tim Ervolina of the United Way Association of South Carolina, and Tricia Sheldon with the Child Care Association of South Carolina.  The panelists responded to the points raised in the policy brief and discussed the importance of smart early childhood investment and policy for ensuring South Carolina's future competitiveness.  To view an electronic copy of the report, please click here.


ICS Vice President, Joe Waters, Presents at the National Conference of State Legislatures Spring Forum.

Joe Waters gave a presentation to the National Conference of State Legislatures Early Learning Fellows during the NCSL Spring Forum in Denver on May 1. Joe joined Third Sector Capital Partners' George Overholser in discussing the prospects of pay-for-success financing in the early childhood sector with state legislators from across the United States.
Clinton Global Initiative America

ICS Vice President Joe Waters was invited to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Chicago this month as a member of the Early Childhood Education Working Group. Founded by President Clinton in 2011, CGI America is an annual event focused on finding solutions that promote economic recovery in the United States. The working meeting brings together leaders from the business, foundation, NGO, and government sectors to develop solutions that increase employment, advance access to education and skills development, strengthen energy security, and promote an environment for business growth and innovation.

ICS Welcomes Summer Intern

Aaron Markham joins the ICS team this summer as a research intern.  A recent summa cum laude graduate of Furman University, Aaron received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.  While at Furman, Aaron was active in several extracurricular activities, serving as a member of the Advance Team for the Riley Institute, a member of the Student Conduct Board, and as President of the Furman Ambassadors.  Earlier this year, Aaron was selected for membership in both Phi Beta Kappa and the Quaternion Club.


Aaron will assist the Institute with a number of research projects this summer, including a policy brief focused on early childhood data gaps and a project creating graphical representations of early childhood system needs for policy and decision makers.

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