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Announcing our Top and Promising Ideas for the Early Childhood Innovation Prize! 

Click here to get an in depth look at our Top and Promising Ideas, as presented by our Prize partner, Gary Community Investments.


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These winning Ideas reflect the collective momentum of this community, and hundreds of Challenge participants. Help keep up the momentum by clicking on the links below to learn more about each winner and comment on their idea to congratulate them!

Top Ideas:

NextAsses (Advanced Innovator)

Helping Children Thrive (Advanced Innovator)

Parents As Teachers (Advanced Innovator)

Learning Landscapes (Advanced Innovator)

Wildflower Schools (Advanced Innovator)

Early Educator Space (Early Innovator)

Sparkler (Early Innovator)

Pie for Providers (Early Innovator)

LaunchPad to Learning (Early Innovator)

Mindscribe (Early Innovator)

Language Jungle (New Innovator)

MindfulEC (New Innovator)

PROPEL (New Innovator)

Mission Possible (New Innovator)

WeeCare (New Innovator)


Promising Ideas: 

Early Connections Learning Centers (Advanced Innovator)

First Teacher (Advanced Innovator)

Kinedu (Advanced Innovator)

The Primary School (Advanced Innovator)

BabyNoggin (Advanced Innovator)

TLC2 (Advanced Innovator)

ParentPowered (Early Innovator)


What's Next? Top Ideas will receive grant funding and ongoing support from Gary Community Investments, as well as our broader network of partners and funders. Promising Ideas will also be supported to continue their work through our ongoing network of partners, funders and resources. 

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Sparkler's app and services let parents, doctors, and teachers align around children's learning and health — meeting needs better, together

Sparkler's app and services let parents, doctors, and teachers align around children's learning and health — meeting needs better, together

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EarlyEducatorSpace reimagines live/work housing to provide the best possible spaces for childcare entrepreneurs and the families they serve.

EarlyEducatorSpace reimagines live/work housing to provide the best possible spaces for childcare entrepreneurs and the families they serve.

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