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On July 30, 2020, ICS presented a cross-cultural, interactive event with a video tour of Barnkids in Surrey, England: Outdoor Learning for COVID-19. Produced by ICS Senior Fellow, Mary MacKenzie, and UK Early Years Consultant and Trainer, Rachel Dearnley. Research suggests that the community spread of COVID-19 is lower outdoors. The idea of open, child-directed play spaces instead of purpose-built equipment (like jungle gyms) appears to be the way forward as there is less risk of touching the same surfaces again and again.

On July 7, 2020, ICS presented the webinar: Ideas for Increasing Capital to Childcare Centers During COVID-19 Outbreak. Through a recent childcare center survey, we found that centers across South Carolina were experiencing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19. With the economy reopening, childcare has been realized to be at the foundation of the economy with as many as 200,000 children needing childcare in order for their parents to get back to work.

On June 18, 2020, ICS delivered the webinar: The Impact of COVID-19 on South Carolina’s Child Care Sector. We surveyed early care and education providers to understand the effect of the pandemic on the already-fragile early care and education market. The results of the survey show that, like for many other small businesses, the economic impact for child care centers has been sharply negative. Adequate child care is essential to the broader economic success of the state as families begin to go back to work in large numbers.

On June 4, ICS produced Health Equity & Systems Leadership. Health inequity is one of many issues both highlighted and worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. More than two months into the worldwide crisis, the impacts have been disproportionately felt across society as people of color and those experiencing poverty are bearing the brunt of the burden.

On May 21, 2020, ICS  delivered Economics, Equity and Inclusion in Early Care and Education. Topics include: Macroeconomic forces that have shaped early care and education • How those forces affect the business operations of early care centers • Implications of equity and inclusion • COVID-19’s impacts • Opportunities for investment and policy change.

On May 7, 2020, ICS brought you Preschool Suspension and Expulsion: Overview & Policy Recommendations. As children across the country are now out of school for an extended period of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many have raised concerns about the impact of time away from the classroom without structured in-person instruction.

The year 2019 has been fantastic! Full of accomplishments benefiting the children of South Carolina and beyond.

On September 20, 2018, ICS hosted “Childhood, Unplugged” in at the Children’s Museum in Denver, focused on how technology and hands-on learning’s impact child development. We are pleased to share this highlight video of an engaging day of learning! Visit our event page for more information.

Dr. Yuko Munakata, University of Colorado, Boulder
Sarah Konradi, National Wildlife Federation
Mary Mackenzie, ICS
Justin Svingen, Public Health Madison and Dane County (Wisconsin)
Closing remark: Mary Garvey, ICS

Through policy research, leadership development, knowledge sharing, and advisory services, the Institute for Child Success relentlessly pursues its vision: the success and wellbeing of all young children.

In 2014 ICS partnered with design and marketing firm Ferebee Lane + Co. to explore the experiences of low-income mothers, their children, and opportunities for design. Small Steps is our film documenting that experience.

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