The Institute for Child Success


Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, the Institute for Child Success (ICS) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and policy organization dedicated to the success of all young children.

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Research & Policy

ICS proposes smart public policies grounded in research to improve outcomes for all children. We believe in the power of bold ideas to shape the dialogue about our children’s futures and build a more just society. Learn More >

Who We Are

Launched in 2010, the Institute for Child Success (ICS) is a private, nonpartisan research and policy organization. ICS works to create a culture that facilitates and fosters the success of all young children. Learn More >

Board of Directors

Our Board is composed of dynamic thought leaders and visionaries from across the US. They guide our work and provide overall strategic direction to our efforts to improve outcomes for all young children. Learn More >


Our ever-growing video library is a great resource for better understanding the complex challenges we face — and the varied solutions within our reach. Ready to learn more about ICS? Take a look at our work in action. Watch Videos >

Advisory Services

ICS advises governments, foundations, and nonprofits on strategies to improve outcomes for children using innovative types of financing, through systems integration and building, leadership development and more. Learn More >

Staff & Fellows

Our team of cross-disciplinary experts drive our work to improve outcomes for all young children. Whether it’s our staff or our Senior Fellows, we bring years of varied experience to the table, and we’re here to help. Meet the Team >

From the Blog

New Paper: Medical-Legal Partnerships Help Families Address Health Outside the Exam Room

By Keller Anne Ruble, Associate Director of Policy Research Healthcare delivery systems are facing multifaceted and complex challenges: seeking to improve public health while reducing costs. One…


Connecting Systems to Serve Families

By Laura Camp, Business Development Manager for LENA; Former South Carolina classroom teacher and school district early childhood program administrator As any experienced educator will tell you,…


Child Advocacy Centers are lifeline for families facing abuse. South Carolina can keep innovating as a leader.

Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) are family-friendly facilities that investigate claims of child abuse and assist families and victims using evidence-based treatment throughout the investigatory, healing, and legal…


Video available: Janice Gruendel on early arts integration

ICS Senior Fellow Janice Gruendel, accompanied by Allison Logan of Bridgeport Prospers in Connecticut, served as keynote speakers at the recent Creativity Connects: Arts in Early Learning event in…


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