Bringing School Home submitted our innovative idea of using housing as a platform for early childhood learning to the Early Childhood Innovation Prize, an award co-designed by OpenIDEO and Gary Community Investments (GCI) and funded by GCI. As part of GCI's mult-million dollar commitment to catalyzing early childhood innovation, this Prize will support innovators and organizations working to maximize every child's potential during the first three years of life. BSH's idea, "Embedding Early Childhood Learning at Home: Public Housing Collaborating with Early Childhood Educators," outlined our vision to provide warm and well-curated early learning support to under-resourced and at-risk parents and children where they live. Our participation in this prize has given us the opportunity to connect and collaborate with innovators of all types in improving outcomes for young children and maximizing their potential in their first three years of life. BSH submitted a preliminary application by the early submission deadline in December, which gave us access to the immensely helpful feedback of an expert mentor in the Early Childhood Development field, who helped us to fine-tune our final submission of our idea.
Selected Top Ideas will receive a share of up to $1 million in funding, mentorship, engagement with innovators, experts, and investors, and an invitation to join the early childhood innovation network, a joint initiative of OpenIDEO and GCI. In addition, a select group of Promising Ideas will receive an invitation to also join the early childhood innovation network. Regardless of whose ideas are selected, our participation in this Prize has introduced us to a community of innovators with whom we can continue to exchange ideas and collaborate in positively impacting the lives of children.
To learn more the Prize, you can visit the OpenIDEO page here.
You can also view BSH's submission here.