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Announced May 04, 2018
Starts May 18, 2018

Open Submission

Submit by the Final Submission Deadline of February 15th, 11:30p PST, to be eligible for the Prize!


Throughout the Prize, we will be sharing resources to support each innovator's journey. You can find them below, updated periodically.

1. Tips for Early Innovators

2. Localization Toolkit

3. Storytelling Toolkit

4. User Experience and Feedback Toolkit

5. Prototyping Toolkit

6. Refinement Toolkit

7. Preparing for Final Submission


Informational Webinars

Checked out the Prize Brief and still have questions? Take a look at the recording of our informational webinars, held 12/5 and 12/6 - thanks to those who were able to join us in real time! 

Informational Webinar Recording

Additional questions? Reach out to us at!


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.  

Want to learn more about how the Prize works? Visit our Prize Brief, then check our Evaluation Criteria and FAQs.

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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