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Starts Dec 22, 2017
Starts Feb 15, 2018
Announced May 04, 2018
Starts May 18, 2018

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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


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.  

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:


FEATURED POST

My Toddlers App 

Steve's app replaces the standard cartoon character of today’s toddler Apps with the first teacher that provides the emotional support and sense of safety critical to early childhood development, the FAMILY.

Contributor: Steve


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Machine Learning, a toll-free helpline, mobile phone tech and a community-based parenting buddy system to improve ECD outcomes in LMICs.

Machine Learning, a toll-free helpline, mobile phone tech and a community-based parenting buddy system to improve ECD outcomes in LMICs.

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I am the creator of unique apps that families can customize for their toddlers or pre-schoolers.

I am the creator of unique apps that families can customize for their toddlers or pre-schoolers.

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We make African dolls from scrap/waste  fabric to clean up the environment, address the lack of African fabric inspired dolls.

We make African dolls from scrap/waste fabric to clean up the environment, address the lack of African fabric inspired dolls.

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