ICS is part of the 80+ member network known as Greenville County Care Coordination Collaborative. GCCCC was established by Help Me Grow SC and is a cooperative of agencies, organizations, and care providers with expertise in childhood health and developmental issues. A community needs assessment revealed gaps in services and an urgency to address housing instability.
ICS President Jamie Moon was recently quoted at length in a Greenville News piece on the city’s selection as a “child care desert” in a recent ranking from Care.com. The piece explored the interplay of parent employment, child care access, and affordability in Greenville.
“‘As a research and policy organization, we are focused on what the data tells us on access and family need,” Moon said. “But clearly, the story of child care in Greenville is about the human impact as well.’…
An economic analysis commissioned by the Institute for Child Success in 2015 found that more than 23,000 individuals were employed in the early childhood sector in South Carolina, generating $1.3 billion in annual economic activity, said Moon, the president of Institute for Child Success.
‘When we see the economy grow and more parents in stable employment, we see an increased need for child care – and an opportunity for employees in (the) early childhood sector,’ Moon said. ‘But it is tough to quickly ramp up and expand to enough slots to meet need, particularly given the need to balance quality and affordability for families.'”
Read more from Angelia Davis on this critical issue here.