At the VIRTUAL Champions for Young Children 2020, researchers from the Institute for Child Success will present findings on the impacts of COVID-19 on the early childhood sector in South Carolina from surveys with child care providers, pediatricians, educators, and nonprofit leaders.
"It was always a weak industry, and it was very vulnerable," said Jamie Moon, president of the Institute for Child Success, a Greenville-based policy and research organization. "The pandemic has only served to highlight that vulnerability, and it's really a shame because it's such a critical part of having a robust economy."
Health inequity is one of many issues both highlighted and worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. More than two months into the worldwide crisis, the impacts have been disproportionately felt across society as people of color and those experiencing poverty are bearing the brunt of the burden.
Over the last week, ICS collected responses to a survey of child care providers in South Carolina to better understand how the spread of COVID-19 – and the resulting economic impacts – are affecting the child care sector. The child care sector is essential to the health and well-being of millions of South Carolina families and to our economy as a whole.
The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented challenge for each of us as individuals and for the institutions we rely on for education, health, employment, and support. The crisis also serves to highlight the vulnerabilities and inequities inherent in many systems, including the early childhood health and education systems.
On February 20-21, ICS together with Prisma Health, the Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health & Advocacy and the SC Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) hosted the 2020 Nurturing Developing Minds Conference and Research & Implementation Symposium.
Governor Henry McMaster has announced that his forthcoming budget will include $53 million to increase access to full-day, 4-year-old kindergarten (“4K”) for low-income students in every South Carolina school district, creating opportunities for thousands more 4-year-olds across the state.
A recent community needs assessment conducted by the Institute for Child Success (which is leading the collaborative’s Childhood Homelessness Project) revealed gaps in services and the critical state of housing instability in Greenville County. In response, we are organizing a listening tour to understand community issues on the ground.
On September 17, ICS VP and General Counsel, Bryan Boroughs, spoke before a group of SC lawmakers comprising the Early Childhood Education Study Committee.
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