Join us for Screen Smart™ Skills at NAEYC!

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Author, educator and ICMC Founder Nicole Dreiske will present The Upside of Digital Devices: Closing the Achievement Gap with Screen Smart™ Skills at the NAEYC this Friday! The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the largest conference on young childhood learning. Learn more about the use of screentime to accelerate learning and register here!

Friday, November 16th

Come One, Come All! ICFilmFest Northbrook Library 11/24

 Photo: Alfred & Anna

Photo: Alfred & Anna

The ICFilmFest will travel to Northbrook Library the Saturday after Thanksgiving! The ICMC will present Sounds Good! a festival of nine enchanting films for children ages 5-10. Come celebrate music and sound in new ways. Kids will vote for their favorite film!


Stream HuffPost “How to Raise a Kid” Conference!

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Screen SmartTM Launches at Leland School

The ICMC’s acclaimed Screen SmartTM heads south to Leland School, 512 S. Lavergne Ave. The 12-week residency will be conducted in five PreK-1st grade classrooms. Principal Turon Ivy won the $12,000 scholarship for the residency with a letter demonstrating the school’s commitment to 21st century learning for all students. Leland is a STEM school with many days of 100% attendance!

New Parent Resource!


Parents, here’s some exciting news to make your job easier!

Nicole Dreiske has offered up more of her life-changing tips for 21st century parenting! Check out the Screen SmartTM Chapter in Christine Martin’s new book, YOU’VE GOT THIS: Keys to Effective Parenting in the Early Years.

Available now!

Calling All Filmmakers


Submit your short films for a chance to be included in the ICMC's groundbreaking festivals and programs:

• WorldScene Festival- Films for festivals curated by youth in jails, detention centers and shelters. 13+

• ScreenSmart™– Accelerated learning program for preschools and elementary schools. Ages 2-9.

• ICFilmFest– This unique touring event introduces families throughout the Midwest to high quality international film and global perspectives. Ages 2-11.

Global Girls & Women’s View- Films for, by and about girls and young women in shelters, and jails. Ages 13+  Global Girls is supported in part by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences prestigious FilmWatch program.

Entry fees: $75/short film and $125/feature film.

Click here for the ICMC entry form to submit your film. Deadline: December 10, 2018

“The Chop” Cuts Through Competition At First-Ever Film Festival Inside A Municipal Jail

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The Chop, UK

Congratulations to Lewis Rose, director of the funny English film The Chop, whichwas voted BEST OF FEST by the staff and inmates of Cook County Jail at the first-ever WorldScene Film Festival on Thurday, August 9, an event curated by detainees at the Cook County Jail and the audience at its public screening at 625 N. Kingsbury which followed on Saturday, August 11th, 2018.

Laughter rang through the Cook County Dept of Corrections audience of 200+ inmates as they watched Yossi, an out-of-work Kosher butcher pretend to be Muslim in order to find employment at a Halal butcher shop. One detainee at the screening commented: ‘It was a good movie. You’ve got to be yourself and not try to be something you’re not.”  An older detainee from the veterans group at the jail said, “See, folks are never as far apart as you think they are. Just got to try a little harder to connect.”

Mindful ViewingWorkshops!


Studies show that screen time can stunt compassion, literacy and grit in early childhood. Parents see the distressing outcomes in dull-eyed kids who lack interest in school and may bully others. Help is here!

Mindful Viewingworkshops are now available for churches, synagogues, parent groups and community centers. 

If we want to cultivate empathy, intelligence and human connection, we need to turn on our minds before turning on our screens.

Sign up for workshops here!

Women’s View at Cook County Jail, Supported by AMPAS

After interviewing four agencies as prospective partners for the landmark Global Girls/Women's View therapeutic arts program, the ICMC has selected Cook County Jail as the site for the next Women's View residency. With more than 200 films identified for the 2018 program, Women's View promises to deliver transformative experiences for women in Tier 2 at the CCJ.   Supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the program trains court-involved females in vital 21st century skills and provides economic opportunities that lead to employment.  

Help Keep Kids’ Minds Awake!


We’re on a mission to help kids LOVE learning -- won’t you join us? Make a donation today to help the ICMC bring Screen SmartTM to children around the country. $150 supports one Screen Smart session for an impoverished early childhood classroom.

Click here to become a donor!


Digital Wellness Workshops

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Tech troubles at your school or home? If your child has problems with sexting, cyber bullying, game addiction or social media the ICMC can help. Call us about Digital LaunchPad: Building Healthy Tech Habits for your school, PTA or parent group: 773-528-6854, or email

ICMC Director On WGN News

  Photo: Jennifer Girard

Photo: Jennifer Girard

WGN's Julie Unruh interviews Executive Director Nicole Dreiske on "the Fortnite phenomenon" and how to avoid the game becoming an addiction:

ICMC Seeks KidGuard Support

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The ICMC has applied to the KidGuard for NonProfits program for special funding for to bring digital wellness workshops to Screen Smart partners. KidGuard funds organizations with initiatives that support healthy family development. Click here to learn more about KidGuard for non-profit organizations!