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Register now for the inaugural 

SC Early Childhood Research Symposium 

Presented by ICS, and sponsored by The Children's Hospital of the Greenville Health System, this event will feature twenty speakers and panelists who will participate in a day of presentations across three tracks:  Health and Development, Education and Care, and Evaluation and Advocacy. CLICK HERE or see detailed invitation below for more details.
The symposium program has now been released! Click here to view.

Help Me Grow Community Connections Eventhmg  

Dr. Desmond Kelly presents at the launch of Help Me Grow SC.

On August 15th, ICS joined The Children's Hospital of the Greenville Health System in announcing the official launch of Help Me Grow (HMG) South Carolina.  The HMG SC initiative was developed during early ICS strategy and planning sessions, and was the first project ICS was involved in promoting.  HMG SC represents an early childhood systemic solution to the systemic challenge of making sure families of children with developmental delays and disabilities are linked to the resources they need as early as possible.  For more information on HMG SC please visit their website   


ICS Releases Feasibility Study feasibilitystudy


In September, ICS publicly released Using Pay for Success Financing to Improve Outcomes for South Carolina's Children: Results of a Feasibility Study. This is the culmination of 8 months of work exploring Pay for Success Financing as a means to scale proven interventions that improve outcomes for young children and their families. ICS thanks the funders of this study - The Duke Endowment and South Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services- and Megan Golden, primary author of the study, whose work and expertise made the project possible. To view the full feasibility study, please visit


Rhett Mabry of The Duke Endowment speaking at the PFS event in Columbia, SC

 On August 27 and 28, ICS hosted a series of events in Columbia and Greenville releasing the results of its recently completed Pay for Success (PFS) feasibility study.  The study's main author, Megan Golden of the New York University Wagner School presented her findings.  Cristina Shaprio of Goldman Sachs, Jeff Schoenberg of the Pritzker Family Foundation, Rhett Mabry of The Duke Endowment, and Thomas Jenkins of the Nurse-Family Partnership also spoke during these sessions providing perspective from the multiple sectors that will be involved in the implementation of the first PFS pilot initiative. 


On September 17th, the State of South Carolina released a Request for Information on using Pay for Success Financing to improve outcomes and control healthcare costs related to newborn and maternal health of participants in South Carolina's Medicaid program. This RFI included ICS' feasibility study and can be viewed here.  

The State newspaper recently released an ariticle featuring these events: Early-childhood advocates mull private investment for intervention.  Click here to read the full article.

The United Way Spirit Award for Community Leadership was presented to Dr. Susan Thomson Shi.



ICS Board Chair, Dr. Susan Thomson Shi, was recently awarded the 2013 United Way Community Leadership Spirit Award by the United Way of Greenville County.  In addition to her work with ICS, Dr. Shi has served as a key community and state volunteer for more than 20 years.   Dr. Shi is credited in leading the Greenville United Way during its transition to a Community Impact model.  Dr. Shi's special interest and leadership in early childhood health and education also resulted in the creation of ICS as well as the strengthening of dozens of early childhood organizations across South Carolina.   ICS congratulates Dr. Shi on this well-deserved recognition.

ICS welcomes Katy Sides as new Director of Research and Grants


The Institute is pleased to welcome new staff member Katy Sides as the ICS Director of Research and Grants.  Katy received her M.P.A from the University of Georgia and her B.A. from Furman University.  Most recently, she directed Community Relations with the Greenville County Soil & Water Conservation District.  Katy has also worked with the Georgia Municipal Association and the City of Toccoa, Georgia. In each of her positions Katy honed expertise in the areas of grant writing, research, policy, and communications - skills that will greatly assist ICS and its mission.   Katy will work out of our Greenville office and can be reached at 864-331-3859 or via e-mail at  Please join us in welcoming Katy!



Ensuring the Success of Young Children in Rural South Carolina: a symposium for stake holders from South Carolina rural communitiesruralevent

On October 22, 2013, The Institute for Child Success and Francis Marion University will host, Ensuring the Success of Young Children in Rural South Carolina, a symposium on the unique challenges and opportunities enjoyed by rural communities in our state. 


Start SMART - The Path to School Readiness by 

The School Foundation

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Over the years The School Foundation has prided itself on supporting and contributing to FSD1's K-12 teachers and students. With the creation of the Start SMART program, they have added a brand new goal-- assisting parents in preparing their children for kindergarten.  For more information on the Start SMART program, click here.

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