The Early Childhood Common Agenda is a set of recommendations for lawmakers in the 2017 legislative session to improve opportunity for working families and children. These straightforward practices took center stage at the State House, where Children’s Trust, the Institute for Child Success, and the United Way Association of South Carolina held a press conference about building a smart, comprehensive early childhood system. Neil White, who tells the stories of Children’s Trust, covered the event.
Shannon Palm, the Children’s Trust Lipscomb Safe Kids and policy intern, took part in a recent poverty simulation hosted in our organization’s office. She details the difficulties that impoverished families and children in this state experience in their daily lives.
EdVenture Children’s Museum held its annual FROST Gala Jan. 26 and gave the 2016 Great Friend to Kids Award to Gregg and Peggy Nibert, who were nominated by Children’s Trust, for their dedication to improving the lives of children. Neil White, who tells the stories of Children’s Trust, covered the event.
As Children’s Trust continues its expansion of the Strengthening Families Program across the state, the organization found a strong partner for Laurens County in Thornwell Home for Children. Neil White and Michael Shirley, who tell the stories of Children’s Trust, covered the recent SFP graduation ceremony on the Clinton campus.
Children’s Trust received a check for $77,646 from the Beta Zeta chapter of Kappa Delta sorority at the University of South Carolina after a successful fall fundraising letter-writing campaign. The ongoing commitment to the prevention of child abuse and neglect by Kappa Delta made for a celebratory evening for both organizations. Neil White, who tells the stories of Children’s Trust, covered the Nov. 28 event, which occurred on the eve of Giving Tuesday.
The first summit on adverse childhood experiences in South Carolina took place in early November, as child-serving professionals gathered from across the state to learn more about the Children’s Trust initiative to address these traumatic events that have serious impacts into adult life. Neil White, who tells the stories of Children’s Trust, covered the ACE Summit.
Stephen Leicht, vice chair of the Children’s Trust board of directors, wanted to learn more about the organization’s programs. He sat in on a pediatric visit through the home visiting program and later attended a Strengthening Families Program graduation ceremony. Here’s his take on the work of Children’s Trust.
Five of Children’s Trust home visiting partners in the Upstate had the opportunity recently to meet with Dr. David Willis, the director of the Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They discussed the impact of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. Neil White and Michael Shirley, who tell the stories of Children’s Trust, covered the event at the Mary Black Foundation in Spartanburg.
Children’s Trust has begun an initiative to offer the Positive Parenting Program, more commonly known as Triple P, to child-serving organizations in South Carolina. Through regional meetings that aim to reach current practitioners and seek out new ones, Children’s Trust and Triple P America have teamed up to guide discussions on potential implementation supports, networking with other Triple P practitioners, and opportunities for future collaboration. Neil White, who tells the stories of Children’s Trust, covered several of these sessions.