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March 2019 Newsletter

What We’ve Been Up To

Co-Hosting an Outstanding 2-Day Nurturing Developing Minds Conference and Research & Implementation Symposium

The Prisma Health – Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health & Advocacy – ICS 2019 Nurturing Developing Minds Conference was a resounding success! Well over 200 participants representing California, Texas, Maryland, Connecticut, Tennessee, New York, New Jersey, the UK, Georgia, DC, and the Carolinas enjoyed what many participants say was the best NDM event yet. From fantastic keynotes, to engaging panels and a superb poster session, it was a remarkable two days focused on the health, education and wellbeing of children and families.

Slides from many presentations are available online.

Pediatric Residents Day at the Statehouse

ICS partnered with Prisma Health Children’s Hospital – Upstate and the Bradshaw Institute to deliver a powerful South Carolina American Academy of Pediatrics Legislative Advocacy Day, referred to as Pediatric Residents Day. The organizations convened in Columbia, SC on March 7 to discuss public policy and equip pediatric residents with the tools and support needed to effectively advocate for policies and bills aimed at protecting the welfare of children. Issues discussed included drunk driving, child torture, gun control, ecigarettes and kinship care.

Clockwise: Panelists Debbie Greenhouse, MD, Prisma Health Richland and Maggie Cash, Executive Director, SC Children’s Hospital Collaborative share a laugh; John Suchon, member of the Children’s Hospital Advisory Council and ICS president Jamie Moon catch up; Public policy keynote speaker Dr. Jim Kaufman addresses Medicaid issues; Pediatric residents and Prisma Health staff trek to the Statehouse and then pose before ascending the stairway; a bustling lobby as legislators and advocates mingle.

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Utilizing the SC Data Book to Your Advantage

Tuesday, April 9 from 2-3 pm EDT

The Institute for Child Success will host a webinar next month to equip SC early childhood champions to use the South Carolina Early Childhood Annual Data Report 2019 to full advantage. Participants will learn how to utilize the data from our SC Data Book to take action, advocate, request and invest grant funds, and examine landscape analyses.

If you are seeking relevant statistics that will inform your decision making, join us on Tuesday, April 9 from 2-3 pm EDT. We’ll discuss early childhood education, health, and well-being. Together, we can drive policy and decisions that positively impact outcomes for young children. 

About the SC Data Book

Published earlier this month, the Data Report is a catalog of public domain data for use by anyone (parents, service providers, systems-level leaders, public officials, policy researchers, foundations, and advocates) with an interest in early childhood indicators of family environment, physical health, emotional well-being and cognitive development. It provides information about individual and systems-level indicators as well as environmental factors impacting children, from prenatal to age 8, in South Carolina. We compare the data related to South Carolina’s children to similar data in neighboring states, North Carolina and Georgia, and to children nationwide.

Worth Repeating
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 Dr. 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

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.

Registration and agenda information

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


SC Data eBook Available

The ICS-produced South Carolina Early Childhood Annual Data Report 2019
was released March 7. If you have an interest in early childhood indicators of family environment, physical health, emotional well-being and cognitive development, download your copy today.

Blog: When it comes to families, poverty rate only tells half the story

Director of Policy Research, Megan Carolan, recently wrote a blog on on how the poverty rate tells only half the story when it comes to families. Research shows a connection between family economic well-being and a number of other factors in family life, including health, educational outcomes, housing stability, mental health and stress, and more.

poverty and low income table

Did you know that families with young children are more likely to live in poverty and/or have low income due to the parents’ circumstances of likely being younger, newer in their careers, and less likely to have financial resources which can ease their income situation, such as sufficient income to pay for childcare and secure full-time work?

Read the blog, When it comes to families, poverty rate only tells half the story.

Bulletin Board

Greenville County, SC Chosen as Culture of Health Prize Finalist Greenville County has been chosen as a finalist for the Culture of Health Prize from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This highly competitive award is given annually to communities that demonstrate a culture of health by defining health in the broadest possible terms. 

ICS Vice President and General Counsel Bryan Boroughs speaks at Education Finance Council Summit Bryan Boroughs (center) serves on a panel at the EFC CXO Summit in San Diego, California in mid-March. Bryan discussed the potential of using two-generation, impact financing strategies to help parents with young children achieve their post-secondary educational goals.

Welcome New Board Members!

Loranne Ausley

Loranne Ausley is an attorney and a Member of the Florida House of Representatives representing Tallahassee. After previously serving in the House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008, she was elected to the legislature again in 2016 and is serving in her second term. In her years of public service, she has been a staunch advocate for children, disability rights, and the environment.

Calvin Calhoun

Calvin Calhoun is the Senior Vice President of Regional Markets for SunTrust Bank. Calvin is an active member of the United Way of Greenville County Board of Directors, having served as Chair of the African American Leadership Council and currently serving as the United Way Campaign Vice Chair. He brings to the ICS Board a wealth of financial expertise, experience in counseling nonprofits, and ideas to enhance ICS’s Impact Financing portfolio

Neil Grayson

Neil Grayson is a partner with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and the head of the firm’s Financial Institutions Practice Group. His corporate practice is focused primarily on the financial institutions, FinTech, and EdTech industries. Mr. Grayson advises clients on matters related to innovative financial products such as income share agreements, corporate governance, and bank regulatory matters, to name a few.

Making Headlines

ICS Featured in Greenville Journal

One of several nonprofit agencies in Greenville fortunate to be chosen as a beneficiary of the Margaret Linder Southern Endowment Fund, ICS describes the positive outcomes achieved as a result of Mrs. Southern’s gift. Read article

Greenville County Care Coordination Collaborative to Address Housing Insecurity

ICS is a partner of Help Me Grow SC’s Greenville County Care Coordination Collaborative (GCCCC), a group of multiple agencies, organizations, and care providers with expertise in childhood health and developmental issues. Upon assessing the needs of the community and gaps in services, GCCCC will soon provide outreach to homeless families. Read Greenville Journal article

National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) Publishes ICS Guest Blog

In a blog published this month, we highlight how the SC Data Book can also be a valuable resource for researchers, advocates, and early childhood professionals both within and outside of the Palmetto State. The blog, “New Data Report Informs Early Childhood Interventions,” points out that “While our report focuses on South Carolina, we recommend it as a primer for all those working in early childhood regarding the status of children up to age 8 nationwide. It was particularly important in determining the indicators for the report to focus not only on the statistics related to families but also the systems in which they live.” Read the full blog.

ICS Staffer Featured on Better Life Lab Podcast

Director of Policy Research, Megan Carolan was recently interviewed by New America’s Better Life Lab podcast regarding “work-work conflict” – a term coined by a Stanford researcher about the conflict with our workdays when we play a number of different roles. Megan identifies this as especially impacting nonprofits. Megan reflected on the possible perils of wearing multiple hats: “It’s easy to settle into this superhero mindset. I and my org have to do everything in my power…in pursuit of our mission. If I can extend the superhero metaphor, at a certain point, there’s going to be some kryptonite out there!” Listen to the podcast (Megan can be heard at 13-18 minute mark).

Board Member Darnell McPherson Honored by Girl Scouts of Eastern SC

On March 9, Darnell McPherson was one of five outstanding women in the community honored as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina. GSESC’s service area comprises 21 counties.

ICS Board Chair Emerita Susan Shi Quoted in Reader’s Digest 

Susan Shi, co-founder and chair emerita of ICS, was quoted in Reader’s Digest discussing a “secret millionaire” who lavished her favorite charities after passing. Describing the unexpected gift of Margaret Linder Southern, a special-needs teacher in Greenville, SC who died in 2012 at the age of 94, Susan stated, “It’s a wonderful surprise to wake up and find a very unassuming woman who cares greatly for our community and its children.” Ms. Southern Linder directed her funds be dispersed to organizations (ICS being one) that support early childhood education and special ed. Read about this fascinating woman and other secret millionaires.

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