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March 2022 eNews

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Inside this Issue

  • You're Invited to the ICS Founders Luncheon
  • Register for the ROI of the Help Me Grow Model Webinar
  • Clemson Play Conference April 3-5
  • Guest Blog by Drs. Dworkin and Kelly Touts SC's Innovative Investments that Help Children Start Strong
  • 5 NDM Takeaways Featured in Early Learning Nation, and NDM Session Recordings

Upcoming Events

You Are Invited to the ICS Founders Luncheon

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

11:30 AM-1:30 PM ET

The L (Larkin's Catering & Events)

211 E. Broad St., Suite B

Greenville, SC 29601

RSVP at bit.ly/ICSFounders or

email John Young Shik Concklin

ICS focuses on early childhood and many young children are not yet eligible to receive the COVID vaccination. We require that all guests be fully vaccinated and/or test negative for COVID-19 at least 72 hours prior to the luncheon. Thank you for considering the safety of young children.

Registration is Open: Return on Investment of the Help Me Grow Model &

Implications for Early Childhood Webinar on April 8

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Register for the webinar, "Return on Investment of the Help Me Grow Model and Implications for Early Childhood" with the Institute for Child Success, the South Carolina Infant Mental Health Association, and the Help Me Grow National Center (HMG). We will highlight new research on the return on investment of the innovative Help Me Grow model and its implications for the field of early childhood. The discussion will center on new research from South Carolina’s Help Me Grow implementation, but also discuss the underlying principles of cross-sector benefits that can be used in any sector. This webinar is for providers and researchers in all areas serving families with young children. It is scheduled for Friday, April 8 at 1 PM ET.

For more information on HMG as a model, we recommend this Help Me Grow 101 video from HMG founding director and ICS Board Member Paul Dworkin, MD.

Clemson Play Conference April 3-5

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The in-person Clemson University Conference on the Value of Play: THE NATURE OF PLAY, will take place April 3-5, 2022. It is described as "an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition. The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together leading play researchers, educators, health scientists, park and recreation professionals, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the globe."

ICS's own Senior Fellow Dee Stegelin, PhD will be part of a featured session on a Global Healing Curriculum Project on April 4 at 10 AM ET.

Read for more details. 


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Guest Blog, "South Carolina is Home to Innovative Investments that Help Children Start Strong and Benefit Society"

by Paul Dworkin, MD, Help Me Grow National Founder and Desmond Kelly, MD, SC Medical Director of Help Me Grow SC

Excerpt: Stunning new research highlights the impact of Help Me Grow South Carolina (HMG SC): every dollar invested in their services to connect families and children with resources delivers at least $3 in savings across a range of systems, including special education, child welfare, early intervention, health care, public assistance, health insurance, and criminal justice systems; we believe these are just the tip of the iceberg of how the model benefits families, systems, and taxpayers...

This new research conducted with Manatt Health confirms what we have long believed is the power of Help Me Grow: helping families by identifying and responding to their priorities and concerns, navigating existing resources, and strengthening families’ capacity to promote their children’s optimal health, development, and well-being. HMG SC is a powerful complement to the health services families already receive in clinical settings, as well as to the information they may receive from teachers, case workers, and other professionals working with their children.

Read the full blog.

What We've Been Up To

5 Takeaways from Nurturing Developing Minds featured in Early Learning Nation

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The 2022 Nurturing Developing Minds Conference was spotlighted by the online magazine focused on early learning. Mark Swartz shared his top five takeaways.

1. COVID is giving us the chance to imagine things differently.

2. Resilience is a collective, not individual, power.

3. The great outdoors beckons.

4. Telehealth may remain in the toolkit.

5. The [EC] workforce crisis has solutions.

Read the full article.

NDM Conference Session Recordings

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The session recordings from the 2022 Nurturing Developing Minds Conference: Strengthening Families are available on the ICS YouTube channel. View the 2022 Nurturing Developing Minds Conference playlist.

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