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Newsletter update: February

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ICS Key Proponent in Bringing “Pay for Success” Financing to South Carolina
It has been a tremendous week for the young children and their families of South Carolina! Governor Nikki Haley announced on Tuesday, February 16, that Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) will be expanded due to the launch of a new Pay for Success (PFS) deal – the first of its kind in South Carolina as well as in the South and the first focused on maternal and infant child health. This $30 million expansion of NFP will positively impact 3,200 first-time mothers and their babies enrolled across South Carolina over the next four years, a significant increase over the 1,200 families currently benefiting from the high-impact intervention.
The Institute for Child Success, with support from The Duke Endowment, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, was pleased to catalyze the development of this project through the convening of a statewide working group on Early Childhood Pay for Success in 2013 and by conducting ananalysis of the feasibility of expanding NFP using PFS financing. This announcement, coupled with the work ICS is already undertaking in jurisdictions across the nation, is establishing the groundwork to lead to additional PFS arrangements that further ICS’s vision – the success of all young children.
Please see a full press release here
Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN announced as one of the
Early Childhood Research Symposium Keynotes
Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Dean and Ruby Wilson Professor of Nursing, Vice Chancellor for Nursing Affairs at Duke University and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for Nursing at Duke University Health System. Prior to joining Duke, Dr. Broome was dean of the Indiana University School of Nursing, where she was awarded the rank of Distinguished Professor. She will be joining ICS as a keynote speaker at the Early Childhood Research Symposium, October 13 and 14 in Charlotte. With an expertise in ethics and research methods, she will speak about incorporating the voices of children in research.
Widely regarded as an expert, scholar and leader in pediatric nursing research and practice, Dr. Broome has been funded externally by the American Cancer Society and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as private foundations for more than 15 years to conduct research in which she developed and tested interventions designed to assist children to cope with acute and chronic pain. In 2000, Dr. Broome extended her research into the area of research ethics related to informed consent and assent for children in research, research misconduct in clinical trials and, most recently, ethical dilemmas in publishing. Her research is published in more than 100 papers in 50 refereed nursing, medicine and interdisciplinary journals. She also has published five books and 15 chapters in books and consumer publications.
ICS is honored to welcome Dr. Broome as a 2016 Early Childhood Research Symposium keynote. Full bio
ICS is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2016 Champions for Children Awards, which will be presented at the awards ceremony and reception on October 13, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The awards ceremony will be part of the 2016 Early Childhood Research Symposium.
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is being recognized for their exceptional, forward-leaning investment in the young children of Forsyth County, North Carolina through their Great Expectations initiative. This effort, which began last year, is investing between $30 and $40 million over 10 to 15 years to give Forsyth County’s children, regardless of income, the foundation necessary to succeed in school and life by the time they complete kindergarten. This represents a philanthropic “game changer” both for children in Forsyth County and as a model for philanthropic investment in the Carolinas.
Dr. Celia Ayala is recognized for a lifetime of service on behalf of all young children in Los Angeles and beyond. An immigrant from Zacatecas, Mexico, Dr. Ayala has led Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) for the last six years (after previously serving as chief operating officer) and will retire in the summer of 2016. With more than 35 years of experience in the education field, Dr. Ayala brings a vast and impressive background in child development, proven executive leadership and a passion for quality early education that is critical to LAUP’s overall mission and success. Under Dr. Ayala’s leadership, LAUP is successfully funding the enrollment of more than 10,000 children into quality preschool each year.
We look forward to recognizing the work that The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and Dr. Ayala are doing to impact the lives of young children across the country at our October 13 awards ceremony.
ICS and Dr. Janice Gruendel Featured in The Baby Monitor: Investing in Quality Childcare
When Brain Science Meets Public Policy: Rethinking Young Child Neglect from a Science-Informed, Two-Generation Perspective was published in the February 11 issue of The Baby Monitor . The Baby Monitor is the ZERO TO THREE Policy Network’s bi-weekly e-newsletter, focusing on policy and advocacy news about infant-toddler issues. The Baby Monitorfeatures key federal and state policy issues, publications, online resources, advocacy tools and special articles for those interested in impacting public policies for babies and toddlers.
Serenbe Artist In Residence Event Recap
ICS was pleased to host a sold-out performance by Serenbe Artist in Residence Program (AIR) and ICS Focus Fellowship recipient Anis Mojgani in Greenville on February 10. Anis’s residence at Serenbe began on January 29. As Anis delves deeper into his residency, he will be working on a new book of poetry and illustration for young children. Anis is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and multiple-time TEDx Speaker in addition to AIR Serenbe. He has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program. Anis has performed at numerous universities, festivals, and venues around the globe, for audiences as varied as the House of Blues and the United Nations. His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in the pages of such journals as Rattle, Forklift Ohio, Paper Darts, and Thrush.
EITC Awareness Day and Upcoming Events
January 29 marked Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable tax credit for low-income working families and one of the most effective ways to fight poverty. The EITC is linked to increased employment of single parents, improved social mobility, and child development. Research released by ICS last fall found a $1,000 increase in the maximum EITC amount is linked to improved math scores for children, as well as later high school graduation/GED completion, and completing one or two years of college. ICS believes that the EITC is an essential policy lever to support working families and their young children. As the result of our commitment to championing the EITC, we will be hosting a series of events in March and April on the subject. Be on the lookout for more details coming soon.
March 2 is National Reading Day
In honor of National Reading Day, or Dr. Seuss Day, ICS will be hosting a social media flash fundraiser on our Facebook page on Wednesday, March 2.  Please share this information with friends and colleagues. We are grateful for your support!


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