In the midst of a global pandemic, rising unemployment and economic instability, it is ongoing racial injustice that has propelled the civil unrest we have all witnessed over the past few weeks. “The painful and frustrating reality is that all the children are not well. In too many instances, Black children are not well.” The next Black child to die due to the color of their skin could easily be one of the children whom we at ICS are committed to serving and advocating on behalf of today.
On Monday, July 28, the Children’s Trust hosted an Early Childhood Common Agenda Assembly. ICS led the effort to craft the initial Early Childhood Common Agenda in 2013, and we are pleased that the Children’s Trust is taking leadership to continue this important effort. The Assembly brought dozens of early childhood organizations and experts together to help refreshing the common agenda for the upcoming legislative session. Through this process, the many stakeholders working to advance the interests of South Carolina’s youngest children can speak to our elected officials with clear recommendations in a unified voice. We thank the Children’s Trust for their leadership, the United Way Association of South Carolina for their ongoing partnership, and Kids Count – a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation – for their invaluable support.