"It was always a weak industry, and it was very vulnerable," said Jamie Moon, president of the Institute for Child Success, a Greenville-based policy and research organization. "The pandemic has only served to highlight that vulnerability, and it's really a shame because it's such a critical part of having a robust economy."
ICS Selects New Board Members
The Board of Directors of the Institute for Child Success has elected four new members of its Board of Directors. The new directors are:
- Annette Ricchiazzi of Pasadena, Californi
- Gary Glickman of Washington, D.C.
- Chris Story of Spartanburg, South Carolina
- Hassan Brown of Oakland, California
Registration is now open for the Fourth Annual Institute for Child Success Early Childhood Research Symposium, which will be held October 13-14 in Charlotte, North Carolina and is hosted in partnership with the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, College of Education. The Symposium will feature keynote addresses from Dr. Ronald Ferguson (Harvard University) and Dr. Marion Broome (Duke University) along with a Plenary Keynote Panel titled, “Place Matters for Children and Families: Understanding the Influence of Environments and Systems in Which Children Grow Up.”
Speakers were recently chosen for the three concurrent session tracks: Physical and Mental Health, Early Learning, and Communities, Systems, and the Built Environment. Those selected to present included researchers from LAUP, New America Foundation, Nurse-Family Partnership, and Clemson University. Extra congratulations to Dr. Mariel Kyger from LAUP for her submission, “High-Quality Preschool Improves Academic Outcomes at Kindergarten: A Regression Discontinuity Approach.” Dr. Kyger has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural ICS Early Career Research Award.
Furthermore, we are excited to honor Dr. Celia Ayala, CEO of LAUP, and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust with the 2016 ICS Champions for Children Awards. These awards honor outstanding achievement in promoting the success and well-being of all young children. All awards will be presented during the Research Symposium opening reception on October 13th
Spaces are limited and going fast, so click here to register for the Symposium! We look forward to seeing you in Charlotte!
Recapping the Social Impact Performance Advisors Conference
In June, the Institute for Child Success, ReadyNation, and the Sorenson Impact Center hosted the Third Annual Conference of the Early Childhood Social Impact Performance Advisors in Denver. The event convened nearly 300 advocates, policymakers, researchers, and funders to discuss trends and developments in using Pay for Success to expand early childhood opportunities, and chart a path forward. ICS Executive Vice President Joe Waters has discussed the conference in the context of opportunities in the Pay for Success field in a new blog with our colleagues at America Forward.
The timing of the conference was opportune – the same week, the House of Representatives passed a landmark PFS bill that would provide more than $100 million in support for such programs, with $50 million designated for early childhood (learn more). This enthusiasm at the federal level was reflected in the opening comments from Dave Wilkinson, Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, who noted the opportunities PFS provides for innovation: “We know if we don’t try anything new, we won’t improve,” he said. “The responsible choice is to try promising concepts on a small scale and roll them out gradually if they work.” You can read more about his comments, and day one, on this blog.
Day 2 kicked off with a high-level discussion of recent PFS projects in the early childhood space and a frank discussion of the challenges and opportunities in constructing such projects as well as a conversation about the perspectives of funders in existing PFS projects. The rest of the day offered the opportunity for in-depth breakout sessions on a range of issues, including the Evaluation and Research Track supported by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. More reflections are available on our blog from day two.
The final day of the conference featured additional breakout sessions on PFS in early childhood, as well as rallying farewell remarks from Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston. Sen. Johnston is an advocate for PFS in the state of Colorado, and also understands that the importance of early childhood programs goes well beyond dollars and cents. More details on the final day are available in this concluding blog.
While the conference is ICS’s flagship Pay for Success event each year, we encourage interested parties to learn more all year round!
The conference Resource Document contains links to recommended reading from our conference presenters. It’s a great guide for those who attended the conference as well as those looking for a primer on specific issues in early childhood Pay for Success. See what others were talking about during the conference on the hashtag #sif4ec. You can learn more about the technical assistance we provide, supported by the Social Innovation Fund, get up to date on all PFS projects in the U.S., and access templates to use in your own PFS planning.
New Grants Bolster ICS Impact
CS work is made possible by the generous support of individuals, foundations, corporations, and organizations that share our vision: to ensure the success of all young children. For a complete listing of recent supporters, please see the 2015 Annual Report. Recently, ICS has been awarded the following grants:
- The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded ICS a third-year of funding through the Social Innovation Fund. This additional support will allow ICS to assist additional jurisdictions across the United States in exploring the Pay For Success (PFS) financing mechanism.
- The Pritzker Children’s Initiative provided funding to support the Third Annual Conference of the Early Childhood Social Impact Performance Advisors held in Denver in June.
- The Laura & John Arnold Foundation awarded ICS grant support to promote rigorous evaluations of Pay for Success (PFS) projects and to sponsor the evaluation track at the Third Annual Conference of the Early Childhood Social Impact Performance Advisors.
- The Duke Endowment will provide continued support for ICS’s policy research work. This support will ensure that ICS continues to develop research-based proposals for realizing best outcomes for young children and their families throughout the Carolinas.
- The Sorenson Impact Center served as co-host, together with ICS and ReadyNation, of the Third Annual Conference of the Early Childhood Social Impact Performance Advisors and provided technical and financial support.
- The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is supporting ICS’s ongoingEarned Income Tax Credit (EITC) research to establish the foundations for a more just and effective tax policy for South Carolina’s children.
- The Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation awarded ICS a grant to support ongoing research and policy work in South Carolina and Georgetown County.
- The Priester Foundation provided ICS with a generous grant to support ongoing operations and organizational capacity building.
- The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation is supporting ICS through a grant to complete a statewide study on the current protective services of child advocacy centers (CACs) in order to produce research and policy recommendations focused on eliminating toxic stress.*
* About the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation
Headquartered in Columbia, the foundation is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Its mission is to promote and support healthier South Carolinians, particularly the economically vulnerable, by supporting solutions to address gaps in health care and serving as an agent of change to support innovation and value-added public-private partnerships.