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.
What We’ve Been Up To
ICS Helps Address Housing Instability as Part of Greenville County Care Coordination Collaborative
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.
Last month, Policy Research Director Megan Carolan spoke to the group about ICS’s work on GCCCC’s new Childhood Homelessness Project, the first initiative the group has undertaken. Megan laid out the project’s workplan over the next year as well as key indicators of housing instability being considered. This project aims to provide outreach to homeless families, build community capacity, and support families who are at-risk for homelessness.
Your Exclusive Sneak Peek
Chair of National Academy of Public Administration Association’s
Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance,
White House Office of Management & Budget (retired) &
ICS Board Treasurer
ICS commissioned an informational video to raise awareness of the good things we are doing in the fields of child care, health care and education, as well as in communities (from the Capitol to state capitals to city & county councils to homes) to improve outcomes for young children.
We asked our partners and supporters to define ICS and have included a brief clip of the video above. You can look forward to gaining insight on the perspectives of our colleagues across government, academia, non-profit and philanthropy domains each month. The full-length video will be released in the coming weeks.
Out & About
ICS Senior Fellows Dee Stegelin and Mary MacKenzie on Piazza San Prospero in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Both are participants in a program facilitated by Clemson University, University of South Carolina and College of Charleston for undergrads that focuses on the town’s famous experiential early childhood preschool approach lauded and emulated worldwide.
ICS Senior Fellow Janice Gruendel leads the Pickens County Early Childhood Workgroup’s May meeting, “What About the Babies?” at the Easley Library. These meetings are enabling stakeholders to think strategically about the babies in Pickens County so that they can be born healthy and reach critical milestones by age 3. The series is hosted by Children’s Services Council of Pickens County with Pickens County First Steps.
2019 Social Equity Leadership Conference:
Achieving Social Equity in Turbulent Times
National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA)
June 5-7, 2019
ICS Director of Innovation and Inclusion, Mary C. Garvey will present on Fostering Equity in Early Childhood & Beyond
Children’s Trust Building Hope for Children Conference
Children’s Trust of South Carolina is hosting its biennial prevention conference focused on building educational, health care and community resources
September 5-6, 2019
Downtown Greenville, SC
ICS Research Director, Megan Carolan and Research Associate, Amanda McDougald Scott will present session, “Using Public Data as a Foundation for Child Flourishing.”
Early bird pricing registration ends May 31st
Save the Date
9/19/19 – ICS’s 2019 Pay for Success Convening
Investing for Impact:
‘Til All the Children Are Well
Thursday, September 19th, 2019
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Washington, DC Metro Area
Join Us to Learn
⦁ Where is the greatest potential for Opportunity Zones to be used as a catalyst for lasting change?
⦁ How can incorporating the principles of equity and inclusion maximize impact and bolster credibility in the field?
⦁ What important lessons were learned from participation in the first round of applications for SIPPRA funding?
More details to come!
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Attention Upstate South Carolina Early Child Care Providers: Opportunity is Knocking with Palmetto HEALthie Start
LiveWell Greenville, Clemson University’s Young Learning Institute SNAP-Ed and Furman University have partnered to bring you Palmetto HEALthie Start. The two-year initiative and research opportunity is designed to improve the quality and variety of healthy eating, physical activity, and outdoor play activities for children across Upstate SC.
Reflection: Dirty Kitchens
By Mary C. Garvey, MS
I dislike cleaning. There are so many things I’d rather do – binge watch This Is Us, read, play volleyball, lay on a beach, nap…But I clean, and regularly so, because my desire for a clean and comfortable living space trumps my momentary dislike.
At The Dalton School’s 9th Annual From Diversity to Community Conference that I recently attended in New York City, Professor Jerry Kang likened equity and inclusion work – specifically the treatment of bias – to that of cleaning one’s kitchen. He prompted us to always ask, “Is the kitchen clean?”. Professor Kang further noted that even if you cleaned the kitchen yesterday, it may very well be dirty again today. As a result, methods, policies, and procedures need to be put in place so that cleaning happens regularly as we anticipate that the kitchen will soon be dirty again.
One such method of keeping the kitchen clean or tackling inherent and/or common bias is to develop a pre-commitment strategy. Professor Kang used the analogy of Ulysses and the song of the sirens to demonstrate this strategy. Knowing that he would pass by an area with the enchanting but deadly song of sirens on his way home, he prepared his men by filling their ears with wax and himself by being tied to the ship’s mast. Having been warned of the danger, this was Ulysses’ pre-commitment strategy. He and his men survived.
Professor Kang’s analogy begs the question: Do you have inherent biases or equity blind spots, internally or externally, that threaten to dirty your kitchen? What pre-commitment strategies can you put in place to tackle these issues and be more mission-driven?
Over the last two years, ICS has significantly increased our attention to equity and inclusion, both programmatically and internally. Our Equity and Inclusion Initiative includes both specific projects focused on these goals as well as a commitment to these principles across our work.
With a mission focused on the success of ALL young children, ICS understands that:
1) Systemically marginalized populations often require different and consistently informed approaches in order to reach a place of equity.
2) Seeking out and including the voices of these populations are necessary steps in early childhood research and policy work.
3) When parents, grandparents, guardians, and other caretakers are doing well, the young children they support will be better equipped to thrive.
4) Committing to inclusive and equitable internal operations fosters an environment through which ICS can serve authentically and with integrity, maximizing and sustaining our impact.
There is no shame in a kitchen that gets dirty, only in one that we don’t clean.
Dr. Susan Shi Gives Keynote Address at Women’s Leadership Institute at Furman University’s Graduation Ceremony
ICS Board Chair Emerita Susan Shi was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony recognizing participants in the 2019 Women’s Leadership Institute at Furman University. Dr. Shi encouraged graduates to embrace the leadership strengths women bring to their professions and community while emphasizing the need to be intentional in seeking balance and self-care.