Knowing that solutions created with parents instead of for parents are much more likely to meet their needs, we created the Parent Innovation Institute.

The Philadelphia Parent Innovation Institute

We’re excited to share that we will be launching the Philadelphia Parent Innovation Institute in 2020. With support from the William Penn Foundation, the institute will bring four early childhood organizations and the families they serve together to learn human-centered design so they can improve family engagement and early literacy and language programs for Philadelphia’s youngest learners. 

The Oakland Parent Innovation Institute

In 2017-2018, four community-based organizations – the César E. Chávez Branch of the Oakland Public Library, East Bay Agency For Children, La Clínica de La Raza, and the Unity Council – and the parents and caregivers they serve worked collaboratively through a five-step innovation cycle to explore how co-creation and rapid-cycle learning can improve outcomes for families and children in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, California. 

We hope the insights from our initiative help others in the early childhood field successfully work with families to address their children’s needs. To view insights and resources from the initiative, visit our interactive case study.

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