How might we merge the personal, social and cultural aspects of a child's life into one holistic, positive and supportive environment?
Our idea is a combination of on-site services with the support of an online community platform that tackles the problem of providing and supporting parents' understanding of early childhood development. By expanding on an existing model of on-site multi-cultural immersion based pre-school and adding a supporting digital community of other parents and experts, we hope to treat a child's development as one holisitic experience, creating a mobile community of informed and aligned stakeholders in their lives.
Our idea is two-fold. 1. Increase access to on-site quality preschool education by building upon the concept of a local grass-roots multi-cultural pre-school model. In our research, we found that one of the biggest factors in family success was community and support systems. In identifying regions in need and expanding brick and mortar locations that cater to each area's cultural needs, we hope to build a sense of family within the community and a place where children can grow in an environment of inclusion. 2.Provide a virtual platform for the key stakeholders in a child's life to interact, have dialogue and use each other as a resource and build upon each others' support systems. We hope that in blurring the lines between each individual player, we are encouraging a more holistic and aligned approach to each child's development.
Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?
We began this concept with the United States in mind. Because part of the requirement to build a virtual platform is a stable infastructure, it really limits a portion of the idea to be specific to more developed nations. That being said, the brick and mortar multi-cultural pre-school aspect of our idea could be utilized in any country where there is a fusion of multiple cultures and languages that are embraced and practiced within that region.
How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?
A simple way would be to intervew people in different regions, of different cultural and linguistic background to understand how open they would be about their children being educated in a bilingual immersion, multi-culutral environment with children of other backgrounds. One of the challenges may be how readily people embrace another culture and are willing to expose their children to it for their growth.
What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?
In order for our idea to succeed, we would need to thoroughly consider and understand the regional acceptance of a "melting pot" approach of wherever we chose to implement. We would need access to local experts on language and cultural practices to ensure our approach caters specifically to the regional dynamic and can offer a balance of the cultures involved.
Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?
This idea is meant to inspire. I hope someone else takes it on!