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Zero to Five Top Ideas

About This Challenge

The first five years of a child’s life are a crucial time — filled with exciting milestones and innumerable roadblocks. Skills, competencies, health, and habits gained in these early years accompany children into adulthood, and are the fundamental building blocks for living a full life.

Parents and other caregivers play the most influential role in ensuring children have the best possible start in life, but in low-income communities there are substantial barriers to overcome. This challenge focuses on designing solutions that help parents navigate these obstacles, so that children everywhere not only survive — but thrive — in their early years.

How it works

The OpenIDEO community – made up of individuals and organizations from around the world – designs solutions to our challenge question using the following process:

How you can help

We will be announcing our Top Ideas on January 13, 2015, but our challenge ideas will continue to grow and improve. You can still contribute by collaborating, asking questions, giving feedback and sharing your expertise (in early childhood development, design, technology, editing, etc.). Soon we'll be opening the Impact phase too – where you can check out how ideas from the entire challenge are being put into practice in the real world.