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Newsletter: Celebrating 2017, Looking to 2018

2017 was a powerful year for the children of South Carolina and beyond — and with your help, the Institute for Child Success (ICS) will continue this great work into 2018!
  • From Columbia to Seattle to Washington, D.C., hundreds of stakeholders attended ICS symposia and events discussing and developing systems-level reforms to fight child poverty, improve school readiness, close the discipline gap, and build a better future.
  • ICS championed South Carolina’s passage of the nation’s largest state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), an effective tool to fight poverty for working families with children.
  • ICS continued its innovative Pay for Success (PFS) initiative, completing fourfeasibility studies focusing on outcomes-based programs to improve child outcomes in early education, child welfare, and home-visiting. ICS’s previous PFS work helped triple the number of mother and babies in South Carolina receiving life-changing services from the Nurse-Family Partnership and, in 2017, led to direct pre-kindergarten funding in Tempe, Arizona. In the latter part of the 2017, ICS also began two new PFS feasibility studies in partnership with the City of Tallahassee Office of the Mayor, and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
  • ICS worked with stakeholders on urgent children’s issues, including: learning from the South Carolina’s Child Advocacy Centers how best to support child-abuse victims; publishing twelve briefs with the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation and BEST NC on What Works for Third Grade Reading; and collaborating with the Bridgeport Prospers Collective Action Network in Connecticut to develop a “baby bundle” to meet the unique needs of families with young children.
ICS is extremely grateful to those who make possible our many accomplishments on behalf of young children. Our success is fueled by the generosity of the many foundations, organizations, corporations, and individuals who share the ICS vision. Together, we are building a new system that gives children the foundation they need to succeed in school and in life. Our integrated work on policies and practices impacts thousands of families and builds a return on investment that helps children today and our society into the future. Learn more about our  2017 successes and help support our work into 2018!
Here are a few ways you can continue supporting ICS in 2018:
  • Complete your holiday shopping through our Amazon Smile link — Amazon will donate a portion of all orders to ICS!
  • Share this newsletter with your colleagues in the field and encourage them to subscribe here.
  • Follow ICS on Twitter and Facebook for events, updates on work, and what we’re reading.
Wishing you a joyful holiday season and a prosperous 2018!
Recapping our 2017 Events!
Hundreds of people attended ICS hosted or co-hosted event this year, from Greenville to Seattle to Washington, D.C, discussing and developing systems-level reforms to fight child poverty, improve school readiness, close the discipline gap, and build a better future. Convenings are an essential part of our commitment to applied policy research, ensuring that research doesn’t just stay on a shelf somewhere, but gets to those working on the ground to support families and children. View a gallery of our events, including links for more information!
Our calendar is already filling up for 2018! The Nurturing Developing Minds Conference will be held February 22-23, 2018 in Greenville, South Carolina. This regional continuing professional development conference attracts a wide array of professional participants and provides an interactive learning and networking opportunity for a broad, interconnected workforce. In 2018 the Institute for Child Success will be partnering with the Children’s Hospital to sponsor the Early Childhood Research Symposium in conjunction with the conference. Learn more here and follow our Events page to connect with our staff at conferences and meetings across the country.
Honors for ICS Leadership
In September, ICS President Jamie Moon received the “All for the Love of Children” award from GHS Children’s Hospital. The award is presented each year to someone who truly makes a positive contribution to the lives of children. Here he is pictured with Dr. William Schmidt (Children’s Hospital and ICS Board Member) and Linda Brees (Children’s Hospital and ICS Board Chair).
Darnell McPherson was recently elected Mayor of Lamar, SC. Darnell becomes the first African-American female Mayor of Lamar in the town’s history.
Dick Wilkerson received the prestigious Ruth Nicholson Award from the Community Foundation of Greenville. This is the highest honor presented by the Foundation and honors an individual who has made significant contributions to the community. You can learn more about Dick’s commitment to the community in this recent profile in TOWN Carolina.
Clement’s Kindness Children’s Garden in the Cancer Survivors Park in Greenville has been named for Dr. William F. Schmidt III, the medical director of the Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital of Greenville and ICS Board member. At the dedication, Dr. Schmidt said “I am honored and humbled…These organizations have done so much for our community, and I am so grateful to be a small part of their success.”
Chris Story, Spartanburg Assistant City Manager and ICS Board member, was selected for the inaugural class of the Fulcrum Fellows program that will focus on ways to overcome socioeconomic challenges to build healthy sustainable communities. Story was chosen for the fellowship based on his efforts on the Hello Family project – a continuum of support for young children and their families, from prenatal care through age 5. ICS continues to be engaged with the City on this project.
ICS Staff on “What Works for Third Grade Reading?” Webinar

In October, ICS joined our colleagues from the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) to present on What Works for Third Grade Reading, based on a collection of 12 working papers that address whole-child, birth-to-age-eight factors that support children’s optimal development and improve reading proficiency. ICS Senior Fellow Dr. Janice Gruendel and Associate Director of Policy Research Keller Anne Ruble were featured on the webinar; a recording is available here. The working papers, supported by NCECF and BEST NC are part of a collection of resources to support and advance the work of the NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading (Pathways) initiative.
ICS has moved!
Updating your address book for the new year? Don’t forget that ICS has a new headquarters in Greenville.  


613 E McBee Ave
Greenville, SC 29601


Our mailing address remains the same:
PO Box 17811
Greenville, SC 29606
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