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September 2020 eNews

Publications on Children’s Wellbeing

ICS Releases Report on COVID-19’s Impact on
Pediatric Healthcare in South Carolina

The Institute for Child Success (ICS) conducted a survey of 69 pediatricians across the state in on behalf of the South Carolina American Academy of Pediatrics. The inquiry was designed to gauge pediatric health in the state and how COVID-19 has impacted the pediatric healthcare industry. The subsequent report, COVID-19’s Impact on Pediatric Health Care in South Carolina: Supporting and Strengthening the Sector, is an analysis of those findings and existing public health data sources as they relate to population health, patient/family health, business/professional health, and physician health.

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Even as children have largely lower rates of contracting COVID-19, their families and the pediatric sector have been negatively impacted during this crisis as a result of the economic recession, stay-at-home policies reducing available services, social isolation, and more. The results of the survey are alarming, among the notable findings:
 
⦁ Well-child and vaccination visits both down 83 percent; acute condition visits dropped 91 percent and chronic condition visits slipped 90 percent.
⦁ Accommodations, such as altering physical space and times of sick/well visits, more commonplace; 90 percent of respondents reported using telehealth for at least some visits.
⦁ Lower reporting of child maltreatment (including child abuse and preventable injuries) despite a suspected increase during this time of crisis.
⦁ Pediatricians facing new concerns, from revenue declines, securing PPE, insurance covering telehealth, safety of staff, well-being of patients/families, and the financial stability of their practice.
 
Finish this article, and read the full SCAAP pediatric survey report.
 
About the South Carolina Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics
The South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization that works toward establishing a safe environment for children, promotes the availability of universal vaccine, promotes health care access and financial reform of the health care system, promotes family support and a nurturing environment, and is an advocate for children’s needs.

Anti-Racism and Our Children’s Future

A racial awakening occurred in summer 2020 that has seen communities wrestle with a reckoning that, at this moment, feels unprecedented. In the wake of COVID-19, where profound inequities have only been underscored, it is tempting to promote a return to “normalcy,” something akin to the pre-pandemic era. However, evidence both inside and outside of the field of early childhood suggest that conscious and unconscious racism have had a significant negative effect on populations of color pre-COVID, effects that are made plainly clear in the pandemic.
 
ICS seeks to be an active participant in positive change, not a performative one. ICS admits that we do not know exactly how “success” is achieved. All we do fully understand is that working against racism must be an intentional, evolving and perpetual practice. Nonetheless, we are committed to continuing this journey, open to learning from those with more expertise and offering help to others along the way.
 
Please read ICS President Jamie Moon’s full letter

The US Play Coalition and the Institute for Child Success are delighted to present the “Play and Early Childhood” ONLINE Play Institute, a unique early childhood professional development program designed for administrators, field professionals, and South Carolina First Steps teachers. The Play Institute includes 6 workshops (up to 6 hours of South Carolina Endeavors professional development training credits in the Curriculum Category) during one amazing full-day training aimed at early childhood educators and caregivers.

Upcoming Events

“Play and Early Childhood” ONLINE Play Institute

“PLAY and Early Childhood” ONLINE Institute
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Presented LIVE on Zoom from 8:45 am-4:45 pm
 
Schedule and speaker details
 
Registration Fee for Play Institute:
⦁ $45.00/person
⦁ $200 for groups of 5-10 from the same school or center*
 
*Please email Stephanie Garst to secure this rate or inquire about rates for groups larger than 10.

Webinar: Hello Family Foothills Update and Impacts of COVID-19

Join us Thursday, October 1 at 2:00 pm as ICS shares an update on the Hello Family Foothills initiative as well as findings from the COVID-19 survey.
 
Inspired by the Hello Family continuum of services that will soon launch in Spartanburg, ICS is exploring the potential of expanding high-quality, evidence-based early childhood programming into Northern Greenville County.
 
To date, ICS has completed a community assessment, performed listening sessions, and held informational meetings with stakeholders. If you live in northern Greenville County, please complete our brief survey. Your responses will give us insight into family concerns related to housing, education, well-being and mental health.
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing additional information about joining the webinar.

Webinar: Overcoming Racial Injustice and Ensuring the Success of All Children

On Monday, October 5 at 2:00 -3:30 pm, ICS will host a webinar exploring how we can better advocate on behalf of young children and families experiencing racial injustice. Long before the high-profile killings that led to protests in all 50 states this past spring, racial injustice was an everyday reality for many families.
 
Guest panelists from Tri-County Cradle to Career (TCCC) and Clemson University will seek to address key questions including: What is implicit bias and its role in racism? What do implicit bias and racism look like in the classroom? How does racial injustice impact young children? What are organizations doing to address these issues? How can we all best advocate for a society in which all children – including Black children and other children of color – can thrive and succeed?
 
The webinar will also feature an overview of the findings from our recent Racial Injustice and Young Children survey and share stories from parents and guardians.

Blog: Back to School During COVID-19 Pandemic: Preparation Steps to Keep in Touch with Students

by John Young Shik Concklin, Palmetto Associate

The transition from July to August has always been a touchstone for communities as it signals that school is just around the corner. This year, due to COVID-19, these few weeks have and will continue to be momentous as governments, school districts, educators, and families decide on in-person, remote schooling, or some type of hybrid model. ICS has dug deep into this issue, and the evidence for and against is mixed. What we would stress is that any decision needs to weigh a number of factors equally – public health, academic achievement, equity and inclusion, and economic factors. They all affect one another, and ICS believes factors are too local-specific to promote any one policy or organizational position.  
 
Read full blog post.

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ICS Board Member Merl Code will serve as co-chair of the newly formed Greenville (SC) Racial Equity and Economic Mobility (REEM) Commission. 
 


The commission is composed of a group of 35 leaders working to develop strategies and to partner with community institutions to “implement significant change in the areas of racial inequities, social justice, and other key gaps identified as focus areas of the Black community.” The REEM commission is an effort initiated by the Greenville Chamber, United Way of Greenville County, and Urban League of the Upstate.
 
Please read more in The Greenville News.
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Rachel Perkins joins ICS as Policy Research Intern for the fall semester. Rachel is a senior pre-med student at Furman University and plans to work towards a masters in global health policy. Rachel will assist ICS in keeping abreast of the latest news and research related to COVID-19 and will continue ICS’s research on housing insecurity as it relates to child health. Rachel’s interests include medical science, the social determinants of health, and the interconnectedness of global health.
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On September 8, ICS Senior Fellow, Linda Brees, attended A Child’s Haven (ACH) ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the start of their Extended Day Program. The new program allows ACH to participate in the ABC Quality Program, South Carolina’s statewide quality rating and improvement system for early care and education providers. This is a big win for children who struggle with severe social, emotional, and behavioral challenges and provides them with needed stability, structure, and continuity of care throughout the day.

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What We’ve Been Up To

⦁ Improve Outcomes for Parents and Children with GOMO Health and Reach Out and Read webinar, September 22. Guest experts Shelley R. Schoenfeld, Chief Marketing and Client Services Officer of GOMO Health and Callee Boulware, Regional Executive Director of Reach Out and Read (SC, NC, VA & D.C.) discussed two fascinating “light touch” models designed to work through parents to improve outcomes for parents and children alike, particularly as national challenges from the pandemic have changed how programs and families interact. View YouTube recording.

⦁ ICS President and CEO, Jamie Moon served as a panelist on the How Are the Children? Back to School Choices During COVID-19, a webinar presented by the SC Child Well-Being Coalition, on August 14. The panel discussion covered the pros and cons of children returning to school during the pandemic. Jamie discussed child care childcare costs and the financial strain on families during the pandemic.
 
⦁ VIRTUAL Champions for Young Children 2020 – On August 6, ICS’s Bryan Boroughs, Vice President and General Counsel, and Megan Carolan, Director of Policy Research, presented the session, “COVID’s Impact on the Early Childhood Workforce in South Carolina.”
 
⦁ Outdoor Learning During COVID-19, July 30. Presented by ICS Senior Fellow, Mary MacKenzie, and UK Early Years Consultant and Trainer, Rachel Dearnley. This webinar explored how to implement outdoor learning techniques in a practical, economical manner. Participants also enjoyed a virtual tour of a forest school, Barnkids, in Surrey, England to understand their vision and how best to facilitate learning while adhering to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. View YouTube recording.

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