The S.C. Legislature passed an Earned Income Tax Credit for working families as part of the roads bill. The EITC is an important component of the Early Childhood Common Agenda, a policy initiative led by Children’s Trust, Institute for Child Success and the United Way Association of South Carolina.
Shannon Palm, the coordinator of water safety efforts with Safe Kids South Carolina as the Lipscomb intern in the Children’s Trust office, discusses the significance of water safety and what the South Carolina Water Safety Coalition is doing to mobilize statewide advocates in raising awareness, increasing safety education and formulating policy that can help save lives.
Children’s Advocacy Day was held April 4 at the State House, where the South Carolina Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers teamed with Children’s Trust of South Carolina, Silent Tears, the S.C. Attorney General’s office, and the S.C. Department of Social Services for a press conference that brought together partners working in prevention, treatment and prosecution of child abuse and neglect. Neil White, who tells the stories of Children’s Trust, covered the event.
At the fourth annual Friends and Founders luncheon, over 40 attendees – a group that included donors, sponsors, current and former board members, and staff members – heard an update from Children’s Trust CEO Sue Williams on the organization’s 2016 accomplishments and got a look forward at the priorities for this year. The presentation spotlighted the home visiting program, the Strengthening Families Program, and Safe Kids South Carolina’s work in the areas of safe sleep, child passenger safety and water safety.
South Carolinians are doing amazing things every day that help children and their families. Some people do things that may seem grand and far-reaching while the actions of others may seem small and not that consequential. However, all of this adds up to make a tremendous difference for the children and families in our state. Elizabeth Gibbes, Children’s Trust social media coordinator, is launching a #Good4SCkids campaign on our Facebook and Instagram webpages to highlight those things – the big and the small, the everyday and the grand – because we know that it takes all of us working together to build stronger families and keep children safe. Follow along as she posts weekly.
Child passenger safety is a priority for Children’s Trust, which serves as the South Carolina affiliate for Safe Kids Worldwide, and car seat safety checks are an important way to get more seats installed properly as well as raise awareness. Safe Kids South Carolina teamed with Kohl’s Buckle Buddies at Palmetto Health and EdVenture Children’s Museum for a recent car seat safety check. Neil White, who tells the stories for Children’s Trust, covered the event.
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.