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.

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

Empty Seats at Circle Time: Taking On Preschool Suspension & Expulsion

By this point, most families of preschoolers have settled into their school-year routines. But for a startling number of American families, this routine is subject to change…


Lessons Learned: Improving Stateside PFS Transactions Through Findings from India’s first DIB for Education

By Alexis Herschkowitsch, Innovation Fellow In June, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings hosted a webinar to discuss year-two results of the world’s first Development Impact Bond…


Grandparents Day and Public Policy: Two Generations, And Beyond!

By Megan Carolan, Director of Policy Research Sunday, September 10 is Grandparents Day, a holiday that seems to get lost in the shuffle of back-to-school and cleaning…


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Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, ICS Pursues its Mission in Four Primary Ways:

Proposing smart public policies, grounded in research
Advising governments, nonprofits, foundations, and other stakeholders on strategies to improve outcomes
Sharing knowledge, convening stakeholders, embracing solutions, and accelerating impact
Fostering the next generation of leaders