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February 2019 Newsletter

What We’ve Been Up To

Advocates Release Common Agenda to Improve Outcomes for South Carolina’s Young Children

Several of South Carolina’s leading children’s advocacy organizations took to the state capital on February 19 to hold a press conference announcing the 2019 Early Childhood Common Agenda. The Institute for Child Success, Save the Children Action Network, the United Way Association of South Carolina, and Children’s Trust of South Carolina urged state leaders to support working families and improve access to high-quality preschool and child care, to increase the reach of prevention services that keep children out of the child welfare system, and more.

The Early Childhood Common Agenda was created in partnership with dozens of partner organizations who provide expertise and support for the agenda. Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette, Representative Rita Allison (Chairlady of House Education and Public Works Committee), and Senator Scott Talley spoke in support of the agenda, which outlines straightforward practices, including several specific policy recommendations for the General Assembly to adopt.

Amanda McDougald Scott, Jamie Moon,
Lisa Maronie
and Bryan Boroughs at the
SC Statehouse February 19, 2019

Jamie Moon, President of the Institute for Child Success, informed the audience, “Momentum continues to grow to support our state’s youngest children, but the American Dream is not yet a reality for far too many of our youngest children. We are very excited to promote these sensible solutions that leaders from all political perspectives can support.”

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Sorenson Impact Winter Innovation Summit

Upper left: Institute for Child Success President,
Jamie Moon and Jeff Schoenberg catch up.
Bottom left: ICS Vice President, Bryan Boroughs
joins the conversation. Bottom right: Jamie Moon;
ICS Director of Innovation and Inclusion,
Mary Garvey and Bryan Boroughs.

ICS and the Sorenson Impact Center have developed a partnership to work with jurisdictions as they consider Impact Financing and Pay for Success (PFS) opportunities coming forth with the new Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA) legislation. This exciting venture leverages the expertise of ICS in Early Childhood PFS and Sorenson’s expertise in transaction structuring.

Sorenson’s Winter Innovation Summit took place in Salt Lake City, Utah from February 6 through 8. ICS Vice President Bryan Boroughs served as a speaker, discussing, “The Promise of SIPPRA and Opportunities for Cross-Sector Initiatives.”


Upcoming Events

Nurturing Developing Minds
2019 Conference and Research & Implementation Symposium
Creating Environments in Which Children and Families Can Flourish
Thursday, February 28 & Friday, March 1

The Institute for Child Success is partnering with Prisma Health Children’s Hospital – Upstate to convene the Early Childhood Research and Implementation Symposium in conjunction with the Nurturing Developing Minds conference. NDM, a professional development conference that attracts a wide array of professional participants, will take place Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1 in Greenville, South Carolina.

The agenda features an array of national and regional experts on child health and well-being. ICS staff and fellows will present on several projects.

Registration is now closed.


Value of Play: Play for Life Annual Conference Features ICS Senior Fellows

The US Play Coalition is hosting its annual conference at Clemson University March 31 through April 3. Participants from across the country include leading play researchers, park and recreation professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents. They will explore play across lifespan and address universal issues of health, education, access, equity, inclusion, design, and more.

Institute for Child Success Senior Fellows Dee Stegelin and Mary MacKenzie will present a session titled “Play and Education from a Global Perspective” during a half-day Play Institute on Sunday, March 31. Dr. Tracey Hunter-Doniger and Dr. Heather Von Bank will also contribute to the session with an emphasis on international approaches to play.

Learn more and register. Early bird registration ends February 28.


Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN)

Annual Statewide Summit
Monday, April 1, 2019
Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina

The summit includes lunch, networking breaks, and exhibits from or that honor female artists and leaders. Conversation topics range from childcare accessibility to dismantling structures of economic discrimination, and supporting women of color in the workforce. The event tops off with a keynote conversation with A’ja Wilson and Roshanda E. Pratt.

ICS Research Associate, Amanda McDougald Scott, will serve as a panelist.

Registration and agenda information



Blog: Extended Family Living: Can A Fuller House Improve Child Outcomes?

Director of Policy Research, Megan Carolan, recently released a blog on multigenerational housing in the U.S.

Discover how extended-family living arrangements benefit families in all walks of life – making it easier to care for relatives, typically providing financial relief to at least one member, and strengthening family bonds. Learn about challenges that come with multigenerational living, such as consistently applying rules regarding parenting philosophies, health, and safety; putting a non-parent in charge (think school pick-ups and doctor’s visits); and risking eligibility to receive government benefits. Also, find out what some large cities are doing to address families’ unique needs, from “granny pods,” to co-housing communities.

Extended Family Living: Can A Fuller House Improve Child Outcomes?


New Brief: Childhood, Unplugged: Overcoming Barriers to Outdoor Learning and Hands-On Play

This brief builds upon our takeaways from the recent Childhood, Unplugged event in Denver. It is co-authored by Megan Carolan, mother of a high-energy, rough-and-tumble toddler who must maneuver obstacles to outdoor play, and Mary MacKenzie, ICS’ UK-based senior fellow and staff “Mary Poppins,” who brings a wealth of knowledge from her years of working with early childhood programs across the pond.

ICS is intentionally making this paper accessible to a wide variety of stakeholders. In it, we summarize the research regarding the importance of outdoor learning, then go through a series of “troubleshooting” case studies, posing a common challenge to outdoor learning (such as how a family can ensure their child has a space to play when they have no backyard, and their neighborhood has no playgrounds in walking distance) and addressing it from the perspective of program, parents, policymakers, and communities.

SC Data Book Release Date Set

The ICS-produced South Carolina Early Childhood Annual Data Report 2019 is scheduled to be released Thursday, March 7. It is a catalog of readily accessible information in the public domain for use by anyone (citizens, parents, service providers, public officials, foundations, and others) with an interest in early childhood indicators of family environment, physical health, emotional well-being and cognitive development.

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SC Senate Finance Committee Votes Yes on Pay For Success Bill

The Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously in favor of S. 318 (SC Pay for Success Performance Accountability Act), which would support Pay for Success projects across the state.

ICS and Riley Institute Deliver Advocacy & Policy Presentation

ICS Research Associate, Amanda McDougald Scott (left) and Cathy Stevens of the Riley Institute recently made an Advocacy & Policy presentation to members of the Community Advisory Council of Prisma Health Children’s Hospital – Upstate.

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