We believe the first step in designing equitable solutions and services for families, caregivers and teachers starts with seeing them as co-designers and co-learners in the end-to-end design process.

Recognizing that early childhood organizations, parents, caregivers and teachers alike need the practical skills to work together to innovate and improve service offerings, we offer a suite of services for organizations who want to use human-centered design in the unique context of the early childhood field and to meet the evolving needs of children, families and practitioners.

Our model, Human-Centered Design + (HCD+), involves parents and early childhood staff working and learning side-by-side and incorporates behavioral science, systems thinking, and regenerative innovation into traditional design thinking approaches. This comprehensive model addresses key pain points relevant to the context of ECE. 

Our work bringing human-centered design tools & approaches to the early childhood field builds off a pilot program we launched in 2017, the Parent Innovation Institute. Today, we are working with partners in Philadelphia and across Head Start organizations to build upon their work to uplift parent and caregiver voice across early childhood systems.

HCD+ Services

Design Together

Design Together includes our online course, Family Centered Design, and coaching services from the Lab’s design team for organizations and family members that want to learn how to use and apply HCD+ to deepen their partnership.

Multiple organizations can sign up together to form a learning cohort and gain a structure for making continued advancements in HCD+ in their community more broadly.

Organizations can take the course together to deepen their HCD+ capacity and get a shared framework for making impact in their communities.

Transform Together 

Transform Together is a facilitated process that brings a diverse range of early childhood stakeholders together to use HCD+ to define a shared strategy and action plan for meaningful and lasting systemic change in a community. 

HCD+ Consulting

Our consulting service is a customized offering for organizations who want guidance or hands-on support to bring HCD+ to their work.

Case Study: A Human-Centered Design Approach to Designing a Family Math Curriculum with PBS SoCal