The safest place for a baby to sleep is on his/her back, in an empty crib (no blankets, pillows, or stuffed animals), ideally in the same room as a parent. These steps are linked to a much lower rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and infant suffocation. Since the National Institute for Health launched the Safe to Sleep campaign (previously called Back to Sleep) in 1994, SIDS deaths have declined 50 percent while rates of back-sleeping have increased. The campaign works with pediatricians and other medical professionals as well as community leaders to communicate the basics of safe sleep and connect families with resources to help address issues they face.
2019 Nurturing Developing Minds
The Institute for Child Success is partnering with the Children’s Hospital to convene the Early Childhood Research and Implementation Symposiumin conjunction with the Nurturing Developing Minds conference.
NDM, a continuing professional development conference, will take place Thursday, February 28 (9:00 am to 6:00 pm) and Friday, March 1 (7:30 am to 4:00 pm) in Greenville, South Carolina. The event attracts a wide array of professional participants and provides an interactive learning and networking opportunity for a broad, interconnected workforce.
The agenda features an array of national and regional experts on child health and well-being, including:
⦁ Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH, Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Director, The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative
⦁ Paul Dworkin, MD, Executive Vice President, Community Child Health at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine; Founding Director, Help Me Grow National Center
⦁ Elizabeth Gershoff, PhD, Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, Associate Director, Population Research Center, University of Texas at Austin
ICS staff and fellows will present on a number of projects.
WREN Annual Summit
ICS Research Associate, Amanda McDougald-Scott will be a panelist at the third annual, statewide Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) summit on April 1 at the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina. The keynote speaker is A’ja Wilson, former Lady Gamecock, current WNBA Las Vegas Aces player, 2018 Rookie of the Year, FIBA World Cup Gold Medalist, founder of the A’ja Wilson Foundation, and equal pay and women’s empowerment advocate.
The focus of this year’s summit is Equitable pay and the theme is “The Time is Now.” Attendees will build personal skills via access to content like salary negotiation and leadership development workshops, also be a part of a larger dialogue that navigates the ways in which individuals can contribute to the economic empowerment of women and families across the state.
What Has ICS Been Up To?
CATCH Conference in Charleston
ICS President, Jamie Moon presented at the South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics annual CATCH – Community Access to Child Health – meeting January 18-19, in Charleston, SC. CATCH was established in 1993 when pediatricians and community members teamed up to improve the health care of children in their local areas.
Jamie enlightened attendees on ICS’ efforts to redirect SC’s rankings that were consistently near the very bottom among states in annual surveys of child well-being. He explained how major policy wins, and milestones in research and related to Pay for Success have helped SC move up the ladder.
Resilience Screened Before a Sold-Out Audience
On January 28, ICS partnered with South Carolina First Steps, the SC Department of Education and WREN to co-host a screening of the powerful documentary Resilience at the Nickelodeon Theater in Columbia, S.C.
Resilience reveals the dangers of a biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood.
Blog: Investing In Our Children Through The Arts: STEM And The Impact On Early Childhood Development
Bryan Boroughs, Vice President, Institute for Child Success and Akua Kouyate-Tate, Senior Director of Education at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts co-authored a blog on their organizations’ 2-year partnership hosting series, Creativity Connects, to encourage educators, policy-makers, and other organizations to increase their engagement in early childhood arts integration.
A study by the American Institutes of Research (AIR) shows that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) has a significant impact on Early Childhood Development and arts-integrated techniques can boost children’s learning in other subjects. Arts are powerful teaching tools that unlock children’s innate desire for learning, and integrating arts into STEM education for young children is a powerful strategy for leveraging that rapid brain development to boost outcomes for our children. During the four-year study, preschool and kindergarten students gained 1.3 months of additional learning in math compared to their peers in the control group schools (without integrating additional arts), and 1.7 additional months in the second year.
South Carolina Early Childhood Annual Data Report 2019
Coming Soon to an Inbox Near You!
The data book 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.
Updates & Announcements on the Staff & Board
J. Lisa Maronie, Communications Associate
Lisa joined ICS in mid-January. She graduated from East Tennessee State University with a B.S. degree in Communications, and brings extensive experience in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors. She serves as a Board member with Big Brother Big Sisters of the Upstate and is also an active member of the Junior League of Greenville. She is married to her high-school sweetheart and they have two children.
Her favorite book growing up was E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, and her favorite book about child development is Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck.
Mary C. Garvey Selected to Become Riley Diversity Leaders Initiative Fellow
ICS Director of Innovation and Inclusion, Mary Garvey, joins other leaders selected to participate in the Riley Institute at Furman University’s 27th class of Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI).
DLI class members are identified through a rigorous process including nominations from existing Riley Fellows, application, and interview. Individuals are selected to join the class based on their capacity to impact their organizations and communities.
Over the course of five months, Mary will take part in a highly interactive curriculum consisting of case studies, scenario analyses and other experiential learning tools that maximize interaction and discussion among classmates and facilitate productive relationships. Mary will also work with other class members in one of five Capstone project groups formed to respond to real issues in the community.
Keller Anne Ruble Discusses Her Passion for Early Childhood Development in Podcast
Associate Director of Policy Research, Keller Anne Ruble, recorded an episode with Good & Social podcast last year about her work with ICS.
It’s a great conversation on moving from her classroom experience to big-picture thinking on systems, including a “stair step” approach to setting goals, and how ICS’s policy approach is different than the norm.
Watch & Learn
Late last year, ICS Board Member Dick Wilkerson was keynote speaker at the annual benefit breakfast hosted on behalf of A Child’s Haven in Greenville. We are pleased to share a video of this address and encourage you to learn more about this wonderful organization working on behalf of the children in Upstate, SC.