Helping Those Who Help Children Succeed

News from ICS

ICS is honored to receive a grant from the Corporation for Community Service's Social Innovation Fund.  See the press release to learn more.

We are also hiring for two positions related to the Social Innovation Fund's grant: an Early Childhood Financing Innovation Fellow and a Grants Administrator

ICS is excited to release the trailer for My Place in the World, a short documentary film that explores the experiences of young moms and their young kids and opportunities for design.  The film will premier on November 11, 2014, in Greenville, SC. 

ICS is pleased to release a case study: Integration of Home Visiting and the Family Centered Medical Home: A case study of Carolina Health Centers, Greenwood, SC, and a related issue brief: Comprehensive Health Care with Home Visits for New Families: Home Visitation Integration with the Family Centered Medical Home at Carolina Health Centers

The SC Early Childhood Common Agenda was officially released during the United Way Public Policy Day on Wednesday, January 22nd at the State House in Columbia.

The Institute for Child Success (ICS) is pleased to publicly release Pay for Success Financing for Early Childhood: A Path Forward.

Click here to download Using Pay for Success Financing to Improve Outcomes for South Carolina's Children: Results of a Feasibility Study.


The statistics are as abundant as they are alarming. 

Children across the country, and in particular across our state, are falling well below the most basic measures of academic success and well-being. On the most respected national survey of child well-being, South Carolina ranks 45th among U.S. States and lacks consistency in improvements.

Many react to these findings by asking the same startled question: ‘how have so many children failed within our system?’

At the Institute for Child Success, we’re asking a different question: ‘how has our system failed so many children?’

This shift in focus, from failed students to a failed system, is pivotal given the scale and scope of the problem. It is also critical to understanding the work of the Institute for Child Success.

Creating Change that is Exponential  

While some organizations focus on creating change individual by individual, the Institute is focused on creating change that is exponential.
  • ICS recognizes that the most effective way to improve the success of children isn’t one child at a time—but by improving the SYSTEMS that foster the health and education of our children.
  • ICS supports service providers and advocates focused on early childhood development, healthcare, and education—all to coordinate, enhance, and improve those efforts for the maximum effect in the lives of young people.
  • The Institute’s approach focuses on helping those who help children succeed.

Fostering the Success of All Children  

At the Institute for Child Success, our primary goal is to create a culture that facilitates and fosters the success of all children.

The Institute’s three core pillars — Research, Policy, and Integration — support that goal. These pillars, and the programs that are dedicated to each, are the foundation of our groundbreaking, systems-based approach.

To learn more about our efforts, or to find out how you can get involved, please contact us today.