November 3, 2017 at 1:48 pm #131320
The first few years of a child’s life lay the foundation for future success.
This is a period of rapid development when more than a million new neural connections are formed every second. As young children are busy trying to understand who they are and how the world works, they are influenced by many factors, including relationships with parents and caregivers, experiences at home or in child care settings and the influences of the community in which they grow up. It’s these earliest moments that matter most.
During the Early Childhood Innovation Prize, we’re calling a community to action – to share solutions that address urgent challenges influencing the first three years of life. These ideas should support children at their earliest ages, which will involve influencing parents, families, teachers, providers, communities and systems.
When submitting an idea, you will be asked to identify which Opportunity Area below it most aligns with:
- How might we support those who care for young children, both formally and informally, including family, friends, neighbors, child care, or classroom teachers, to provide responsive and meaningful early learning experiences for children as they develop?
- How might we provide parents and families the tools, networks and opportunities they need to help their children get the best start possible?
- How might we leverage neighborhoods and communities to create safe and engaging learning experiences for children at their earliest ages?
- Surprise Us! How might we think beyond current frameworks or models and expand the spectrum of what innovation in early childhood could mean?
We encourage you to review the following resources from the Center on the Developing Child to learn more about the Prize topic:
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