In the midst of a global pandemic, rising unemployment and economic instability, it is ongoing racial injustice that has propelled the civil unrest we have all witnessed over the past few weeks. “The painful and frustrating reality is that all the children are not well. In too many instances, Black children are not well.” The next Black child to die due to the color of their skin could easily be one of the children whom we at ICS are committed to serving and advocating on behalf of today.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 29, 2014) –
A survey of South Carolina voters commissioned by the Institute for Child Success (ICS) reveals that a majority (53%) of South Carolina voters continue to believe that most South Carolina children are not prepared for school when they enter kindergarten. Further, 62% of voters said that they support increasing public investment in early childhood health and education programs (up from 56% last year).
The survey of 581 South Carolina voters – taken July 25-27 by Public Policy Polling (PPP) – also revealed that over two-thirds South Carolina voters (69%) support the state’s recent expansion of 4-year-old kindergarten for low-income children living in certain school districts (up from 65% last year).
Joe Waters, Vice President of The Institute for Child Success, said: “We are very encouraged that South Carolina’s citizens are increasingly supportive of investing in our state’s youngest children. We applaud the General Assembly’s recent expansion of 4K, and we look forward to working with them to ensure quality early experiences and supports for families with children under 4. With 90% of brain growth happening during the first five years of life, it is critical that we not wait until 4K to invest in our future.”
The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.3 percentage-points. Interested readers can download the full poll results from our website at: http://bit.ly/1laevJR
The Institute for Child Success is a research and policy organization that leads public and private partnerships to align and improve resources for the success of young children in South Carolina. A partnership of the Greenville Health System’s Children’s Hospital and the United Way of Greenville County, ICS supports those focused on early childhood development, healthcare, and education—all to coordinate, enhance, and improve those efforts for the maximum effect in the lives of young people. For more information: www.instituteforchildsuccess.org.
Contact: Joe Waters