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The Lab ‘QuickCheck’ Wins Harvard’s Zaentz Early Education Innovation Challenge

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OAKLAND, California — October 17, 2019 — The Early Learning Lab was voted the Pilot Track winners of the Zaentz Early Education Innovation Challenge for its QuickCheck tool this week. The challenge, run by Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, recognizes promising new ideas that have the potential to accelerate and advance the quality of early childhood education.

Sheetal Singh, executive director of the Early Learning Lab, said: “We are so honored to be voted winners of the Zaentz Early Education Innovation Challenge.

“We saw teachers were overwhelmed and struggling to master teaching strategies, and we wanted to provide them with an easy-to-use tool that could support their professional growth. The QuickCheck offers teachers ‘nudges’ of bite-sized professional development content and we are excited about the possibilities for the tool’s roll out and continued development. Our sincere appreciation goes to the Zaentz Early Education Initiative for this recognition and for spurring innovation in our field because, as we all know, our children cannot wait.”

This year’s Innovation Challenge received more than 160 idea submissions, among which 15 finalists were chosen across three different tracks: Idea, Pilot, and Scaling. This Tuesday, the finalists pitched their ideas to a panel of judges and a live audience for the final vote.

The QuickCheck is a ‘digital coach in your pocket’ — a simple technology tool that breaks down teacher professional learning curricula into manageable strategies, helping teachers build their skills and become fluent in effective classroom practices. It leverages reflective practice, behavioral science, and small data for teacher skill-building. 


About the Early Learning Lab
The Early Learning Lab is a non-profit working to ensure children’s healthy development and kindergarten readiness. We identify and spread smart innovations and technology solutions that equip parents, caregivers, and teachers with better ways to help children from birth to age 5, when it matters most.

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