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Early Submission

Submit by the Early Submission Deadline of Dec 22, 11:30p PST, to unlock access to our  panel of expert mentors. Being matched with an expert mentor offers the opportunity to meet personally with an expert in the space, leverage detailed feedback, and amplify the evolution of your concept before the final deadline of February 15th. 

Have questions? Feel free to get in touch with us at ECPrize@ideo.com.

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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 ecprize@ideo.com!

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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

2. Localization Toolkit

3. Storytelling Toolkit

4. User Experience and Feedback Toolkit

5. Prototyping Toolkit

6. Refinement Toolkit

7. Preparing for Final Submission


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

Necessity is Mother of Invention [innovation]!

AMA EDU is a social enterprise from Lima, Peru, that believes that children born in less fortunate circumstances deserve an equal chance to early childhood education. That’s why they educate and motivate parents, especially mothers, by providing them a platform with educated content on activities to run at home with their children.  AMA EDU provides free online video content and offline platforms on four key early childhood themes: Stimulation (emotional, intellectual, motor, hygiene and social), Parenting (solving problems related to the key development stages of young children, discipline, parental relationship, etc.), Nutrition (nutritional advice for child and mother), and Special needs (specific physical and mental pathologies treated by our partners). They share their advice through app forum, video channels, website, and community workshops. And guess what! For families in distant locations out of mobile-internet the provide video-kiosks where they can access the content. Innovative, right?

Contributor:  @Severine  


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An interactive theatrical playspace intended to facilitate parent-child interaction and promote language skills for infants 0-3

An interactive theatrical playspace intended to facilitate parent-child interaction and promote language skills for infants 0-3

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To build on the success of our parenting classes to create a two-generation school readiness strategy that serves the whole family's needs.

To build on the success of our parenting classes to create a two-generation school readiness strategy that serves the whole family's needs.

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The rings are placed over the base, matching the shapes to the base starting from the bottom.

The rings are placed over the base, matching the shapes to the base starting from the bottom.

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We turn waiting into learning by providing subtle nudges to help parents leverage daily routines to increase their child’s language skills.

We turn waiting into learning by providing subtle nudges to help parents leverage daily routines to increase their child’s language skills.

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Mothers as Mentors matches pregnant and postpartum mothers with experienced mothers to provide emotional support and connection to resources

Mothers as Mentors matches pregnant and postpartum mothers with experienced mothers to provide emotional support and connection to resources

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