Integration efforts help partners collaborate to implement best practices and research-based approaches for quality early childhood development and education programs across disciplines, supporting the success of children throughout South Carolina.

Integrating Perspectives on Health, Education, & Safety

The Institute for Child Success has grown as an initial collaboration between the United Way of Greenville County and the Children’s Hospital of the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center. As such, the Institute is well-positioned to integrate perspectives on health, education, and safety in our research and advocacy efforts while also uniting lab based research and in-the-field practice. The integration of these domains positions the Institute to make unique contributions to building a framework for quality early childhood development and school readiness programs that support the success of all children in South Carolina.
Moreover, the Institute is committed to integrating research efforts with best practices deployed by child care providers, educators, and medical professionals to constantly improve – based on sound research – the quality of school readiness programs and development services provided to young children in South Carolina.

Meeting Needs with Research-Based Solutions

The Institute’s Gap Analysis is intended to help us understand where we need to focus our energies and resources around the state's early childhood systems and, as such, integrates service delivery and research. Needs identified in the Gap Analysis are met with solutions that have been researched as effective interventions. Furthermore, the Gap Analysis identifies the issues in need of our attention while our collaboration with state and local partners identifies priorities and brings people and organizations together to respond to needs.

For more information about how our efforts to integrate and implement quality early childhood development and education programs are helping children throughout South Carolina, or to find out how you can get involved, please contact us today.

Social Impact Finance Working Group

This working group will focus on developing the knowledge-base and awareness around income-contingent and performance contingent financing arrangements for early childhood programs in South Carolina. This group will focus, in part, on exploring the feasibility of using Social Impact Bonds to scale and sustain high-quality early childhood interventions. Of course, these explorations will have broad implications for South Carolina governments and the social sector well beyond early childhood.

This invitation-only working group consist of members drawn from government, the philanthropic community, early childhood interventions, and elected officials.  For further reserouces and information please click here.