November 2021 eNews

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and
that your holiday season is off to a cheerful start!
Inside this Edition
  • Upcoming Events: 11/30 Webinar and Nurturing Developing Minds Conference - 2/25/22
  • A Profile in Service: A Child's Haven Colleague, Kristin Hendricks
  • What We've Been Up To: Featured in LifeWire Magazine
  • Giving Tuesday is November 30
  • Worth Repeating
Upcoming Events
November 30 Webinar: Supporting Businesses and Workers through Child Care Infrastructure

In partnership with the Association for Chamber of Commerce Executives, ICS is co-hosting Supporting Businesses and Workers Through Child Care Infrastructure which will be held Tuesday, November 30 from 12 – 1 pm ET.

As you all know, COVID-19 exacerbated the strains on child care systems across the country, showing how critical this infrastructure is for the US economy to run. Taking an active role here with businesses can help South Carolina increase workforce participation and overall economic development. Join this webinar to learn about what some chambers in South Carolina are committing to, the role of the business community, barriers faced and possible ways forward.

During this event, speakers from the City of Spartanburg, chambers of commerce and other business representatives will share their efforts and the role of the business community in the early childhood support sector.

We hope to see you there!
Nurturing Developing Minds Conference & Research Symposium: Strengthening Families
Save the Date: 2/25/22
COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The 2022 Nurturing Developing Minds Conference & Research Symposium is a hybrid event. Registrants have the option of attending in-person at the Greenville ONE Center in downtown Greenville, SC or they may choose to attend virtually. ICS, LEND and Prisma Health will observe local, state and federal COVID-19 guidelines, and will seek the guidance of public health experts on any additional safety measures. Our utmost concern is the safety and well-being of all attendees and staff.

In-person attendees will need to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR/Rapid COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours. Entry to the Greenville ONE Center will not be permitted without proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

For questions, please email John Young Shik Concklin.
A Profile in Service: A Child's Haven Colleague, Kristin Hendricks
by Amber Posey, Policy Research Associate

Kristin Hendricks can’t remember what she wanted to be when she was a child. In fact, she can’t remember what she ever dreamt of doing professionally. She didn’t want to become a writer or an illustrator even though she adored children’s books like Goodnight Moon and The Giving Tree. She didn’t want to become a teacher even though she would eventually do just that for years. She didn’t want to become a cheese farmer, because well, she didn’t even know one could become a cheese farmer. It’s not that she didn’t love something enough to pursue further degrees or titles. She just didn’t care about the titles or defining her purpose. She wanted a job she could enjoy and so she found herself working with the people she loved being around most, children. Instead of picking one job that made one moment or one year in a child’s life better, she’d rather just do everything…and so she does–everything and anything she can do to support children under the age of five, children Kristin identifies as people who are “so overlooked.”

Her formal care of children started at the young age of 9. Lucky for her, she lived in a time when a 9-year-old could be considered a responsible babysitter. Around this time, she developed a lifelong admiration of Mr. Rogers, the official director of child development in the 90s. Like this neighborly caregiver, she found joy in watching people grow and develop. That seed of joy was sewn into a teaching position at the age of 21 in a private school where Kristin cared for children of privilege–most often children that had support at home and school in the way of financial, physical and emotional stability. She loved her job but thought she might better serve the community by working for an organization focused on the children who have no support.
Today, Kristin is the Office Manager for A Child’s Haven, an organization focused on treating children with developmental delays resulting from limited resources, abuse, or neglect, and offering the children and their families support and education. According to Kristin, she is lucky to sit at the hub of the organization where she is the only person who sees everybody day-to-day. In her role, Kristin manages the space, helps complete paperwork, assists in the development of events, solicits, accepts and organizes donations, helps external therapists working with their clients where she can and assists the Board and her team. With pride in her chosen work and a little reflection, Kristin will say her life goal is to become as empathetic as Mr. Rogers, the same man that sparked her joy as a kid. She loves the work she does, extends her aid with warmth, makes the details of paperwork and bureaucracy a priority, and feels passion for the people she serves. We would all do well to have a neighbor just like Kristin.

Learn more about the important work Kristin and her colleagues perform at A Child’s Haven.
What We've Been Up To
Featured in LifeWire Magazine

ICS VP of Research Megan Carolan is featured in the LifeWire Magazine article, "Do Kids Need Amazon's New Glow Gadget?"

She lends her expertise as a parent and early childhood advocate to raise concerns about virtual vs. in-person interaction, and to stress safety and privacy vigilance.
Worth Repeating

The Schmidt & Shi Endowed Legacy Fund will ensure that the Institute continues to thrive and create positive impact for children far into the future.
As friends of ICS, we invite you to acknowledge the dedication of Dr. Schmidt and Susan Shi, PhD by considering a gift to support the success of all children. 
Visit, or email Linda Brees to inquire about giving, or call 864-287-8063 to donate by phone. 
Watch the 10 Years of Impact Video Again!
ICS debuted a video documenting 10 Years of Impact virtually on October 19. The approximately 30-minute video highlighted our organization's origins, wins and vision for the next 10 years.
10-Year Impact Report
Shortly following ICS's video premiere, ICS released
its 10-Year Impact ReportThe report:
  • Summarizes ICS's history
  • Describes past impact
  • Introduces Theory of Change
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