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A Word from Our Executive Director: July 2020

Lab News

Like most everyone, the health and racial inequality crises have deeply affected our personal and professional lives. That said, we are finding new ways to move ahead and grow. 

We recently published a list of anti-racist commitments, which we are now working to advance. One that we are focusing on is our commitment to uplift the diversity of ways BIPOC families love and support young children. We feel this is an important step in shifting a dynamic where experts dispense advice to families without enough understanding of the lived experience of families and the ways they are already supporting their children’s healthy development. Currently, we are looking for partners and funders who might be interested in joining us in a listening project so we can all better understand best practices in child development from the perspective of families themselves. 

We’ve also completely re-designed our forthcoming Philadelphia Parent Innovation Institute to be fully virtual and to center equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of program design. Mansi Makkar, the Lab’s Design & Ecosystem Strategist, shares a full announcement introducing the teams and the new vision for the institute. We had the incredible opportunity to partner with PBS SoCal to use human-centered design to inform the development of their new Family Math initiative. And we recently launched Stay Play Grow, an app designed to support families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

And finally, we are close to completing development of an online tool — what we have been calling “the QuickCheck” — that we co-designed with teachers to support professional learning for teachers and caregivers alike. We have a series of pilots lined up for the fall and winter (and a new design and name!). Stay tuned for the big reveal…