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29th of March 2018

New resource: Opportunities for Special Education and Early Intervention in Pay for Success

By Megan Carolan, Director of Policy Research In the less than ten years since it arrived on the American social policy scene, Pay for Success financing has helped finance 24 U.S. projects, including 7 focused on early childhood programs (as of this month). These projects have used innovative outcome-based financing to bring new resources to […]

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12th of October 2015

Fostering academic achievement through the Earned Income Tax Credit

By Megan Carolan, Associate Director for Policy Research The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has the power to improve educational outcomes for children whose families receive it, according to a new analysis ICS is releasing today. Michelle Maxfield, PhD, of Michigan State University, used variations in federal and state EITC policies over time to study […]

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28th of July 2015

Child care lessons from Pennsylvania we can all learn from

By Megan Carolan “A child’s path to either success or hardship is well-established within the first 2,000 days of life…During this narrow window of opportunity, a child’s day-to-day experiences and surroundings— whether positive or negative—have a direct, powerful effect on the structural and functional development of the brain, including intelligence and personality.” So begins a […]

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8th of July 2015

What does NYC mean for the Pay for Success field?

By Megan Golden and Joe Waters Last week, the Vera Institute for Justice released a fact sheet on its evaluation of the first Pay for Success project in the United States. The project, which sought to reduce recidivism among teenagers incarcerated at New York City’s Rikers Island, did not meet its reduction targets and will […]

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16th of June 2015

New papers shine light on economic impacts of early childhood in South Carolina

By Kelly O’Donnell Early childhood education and care has been shown to poll particularly well across a broad spectrum of voters.  In a 2014 poll, 71% of voters, including 60% of Republicans, supporting increased investment in the early years. What was once viewed as the personal concern of individual families is now regarded as an […]

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27th of May 2015

Risky business: Adverse childhood experiences and pre-K eligibility

By Megan Carolan Adverse childhood experiences (ACES) can have serious long-term consequences for kids. That’s the message in a recent brief from ICS Senior Fellow Janice Gruendel, one of a series highlighting the importance of executive function and early brain development. The first five years of a child’s life are ones of tremendous brain growth, […]

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15th of May 2015

State of Preschool in South Carolina

By Megan Carolan The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) recently released its annual State of Preschool report. The “Yearbook” as it’s called is derived from an annual survey of state-funded pre-K programs on topics including access, resources, and quality standards. The report itself covers not only national trends, but provides state-level analysis and […]

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6th of November 2014

Save the Date! Nurturing Developing Minds Conference

ICS is pleased to join the Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System and South Carolina Leadership Education to Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (SC LEND) in sponsoring the 2015 Nurturing Developing Minds Conference.  This regional conference will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, SC.  Keynote speakers will include Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, MD, […]

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20th of October 2014

2014 Early Childhood Research Symposium Wrap-Up

On October 17, ICS brought together more than 160 professionals representing academia, health care, government, and service providers for the second annual South Carolina Early Childhood Research Symposium. The event explored the latest early childhood research with a focus on connecting research, policy and the community to build a  stronger early childhood system in our […]

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17th of September 2014

Bill Brown and Matt Ferebee Named as Senior Fellows!

We are thrilled to announce that Bill Brown and Matt Ferebee have both been named as Senior Fellows. Bill Brown, Ph.D., Senior Fellow Dr. William “Bill” Brown joined the faculty at the University of South Carolina in 1995 and is presently a professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the College of Education. He […]

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