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Celebrating Success
ICS was privileged to host our 2018 Annual Celebration Luncheon at the Poinsett Club earlier this month. The event was an opportunity to reflect on the successes of the last year and chart a course for the next year, under the theme of "Resilience: A Key to Success." Connecticut Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick Bremby joined as keynote speaker, reflecting on his vision of human services that builds the resilience of all families.
We were also honored to commermorate the "passing of the gavel" from outgoing board chair Linda Brees of Greenville Hospital to incoming Board Chair Ann Robinson of HomeTrust Bank.
You-our founding and fueling partners, clients, donors, thought partners, champions, truth-tellers, legislators, councilmembers, NGOs, jurisdictions, teammates, and friends-make the work of ICS possible. And you make the process enjoyable. We cannot adequately express our gratitude in just one afternoon. 
We encourage you to read our full annual report and celebrate the victories of the last year for children - and look forward to collaborating with you in the year to come! See the photo gallery online.


Secure your spot! 2018 Pay for Success Convening in Charlotte

Join us in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 19-20 for two days of thought-provoking sessions on the future of Pay for Success for early childhood. A registration cost of $150 per participant will cover all programming as well as breakfast and lunch for two days.

Our  agenda includes:
  • the future of federal support for Pay for Success;
  • lessons from current preschool and home-visiting projects;
  • update on the South Carolina home-visiting project; 
  • a look at PFS on the international stage
  • new frontiers in Pay for Success, including child health and special education
  • and much more!
We are pleased to offer discounted rooms rates at the  Hilton Charlotte Center City and suggest out-of-town attendees arrive June 18 to enjoy all Charlotte  has to offer
Register now before spaces fill up!

Where in the World...Is the ICS Team?
ICS President Jamie Moon was delighted to join Immediate Past ICS Board Chair Linda Brees and ICS Senior Fellow Dee Stegelin as part of a consortium- including study abroad students and professors representing Clemson University, the University of South Carolina and College of Charleston- visiting the  Centro Internazionale Loris Malaguzzi  in Reggio Emilia, Italy. learning about Reggio's approach and work in early childhood. See photos from their Italian adventure on our  Facebook page .

Director of Innovation and Inclusion Mary Garvey recently presented in Tallahassee, Florida at Mayor Andrew Gillum's 4 th  (and final) Annual  Summit on Children . ICS was invited to present based on our ongoing Pay for Success feasibility study focusing on Tallahassee.  


Upcoming Events 
SC Infant Mental Health Association Annual Meeting
ICS is pleased to serve as a sponsor of the first 2018 SC Infant Mental Health Association (SCIMHA) Annual Meeting on May 29. This is a huge milestone in  the life of SCIMHA, marking the first full year of existence!  Dr. Terri Rose , nationally-renowned psy chologist and well-being advocate, will offer the keynote address. Dr. Rose is the author of the book, Emotional Readiness: How Early Experience and Mental Health Predict School Success, and PLAYbook for Infants and Toddlers and the founder of Baby's Space, a full-service child development center located in the heart of Minneapolis's urban American Indian community. Learn more and  register now !
 
Families Learning Conference
ICS Director of Research Megan C arolan will present this September on "The Whole Tree: Extended Family in Education" at the  Families Learning Conference , focused on innovative strategies and practices in family literacy and learning, two-generation education solutions, and parent and family engagement. Early bird registration for this September 24-26 event is open until June 1 - hope to see you there! More information & registration  here.


Leadership Updates
ICS Board member  Dr. William Schmidt III  was awarded the Order 
of the Palmetto  by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. The Order of the Palmetto is the highest civilian honor awarded in the state, granted in honor of the lifetime achievement of the individual. Dr. Schmidt, a pediatric cancer specialist, was recognized for his work in creating Greenville Health System's Children's Hospital as well as his role in developing the South Carolina Children's Hospital Collaborative. In a  Greenville News  piece accompanying the event, said he was "humbled and honored" by the move and would be celebrating with his family: "You know how we're going to celebrate? We're going to go watch one of the grandkid's baseball games." Congratulations to Dr. Schmidt for this recognition of his lifetime dedication to public health.
 
ICS Board Member  Natalma "Tami" McKnew was recently selected by  Super Lawyer Magazine  for the state of South Carolina. Lawyers are selected through peer nominations, evaluations and third-party research. Tami was acknowledged for her work in franchise/dealership law .

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