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COVID-19 Pandemic: So, Your Kids Are Home Now. What Do You DO?

As of mid-April, 55 million American K-12 students are home from school in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with millions more young children who were served in child care settings – part of a global trend which sees 1.5 billion learners out of school. Millions of parents have been figuring out a desperate scramble to make this new arrangement work alongside their own employment and family needs, while some may be feeling most anxious about this ongoing health crisis.
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PRESS RELEASE: Governor’s 4K Expansion Plan Brings New Day to South Carolina’s Children

January 6, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Megan Carolan, Institute for Child Success PHONE: 864-287-8063 ext. 704 EMAIL: mcarolan@instituteforchildsuccess.org Governor’s 4K Expansion Plan Brings New Day to South Carolina’s ChildrenProposed budget prioritizes full-day 4K for low-income students, creates opportunities for…

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Analysis of Introducing Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning and Possible Outcomes

As I leave South Carolina (and return to the UK) following a very productive three-month stay in which I presented in Columbia, Charleston, and Spartanburg to early childhood educators, students and other professionals and agencies involved in Early Childhood, I want to analyze the outcomes of these various sessions and try to find common denominators and highlight issues and challenges which have a recurring theme.
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Applying an Equity Lens to Greenville’s Housing Crisis

In Greenville County, the average annual income of a white individual is $59,820, a Hispanic individual is $35,794, and a black individual is $33,643. In the 2016 South Carolina Affordable Housing Study, the estimated income needed to afford a house in Greenville County was $53,633, which far surpasses the average income of black and Hispanic populations in Greenville by nearly $20,000.
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Public Transit: Make it Comfortable, Compatible & Easy (Especially for Parents with Children)

All of the hallmark inconveniences of public transportation (long wait times, inclement weather, tight spaces/limited seating) are compounded for those traveling with children. A long line gets longer with a screaming child. It rains harder and the sun is hotter while waiting at the bus stop. Space gets tighter when you need room to store a stroller.
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