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The Early Childhood Innovation Prize: One Year Later


Just over a year ago, Gary Community Investments partnered with OpenIDEO to launch the Early Childhood Innovation Prize. As part of GCI’s commitment to catalyzing early childhood innovation, the Prize leveraged open innovation to bring together diverse thinkers from across the globe to collaboratively answer the question, “How might we maximize every child’s potential during their first three years of life?”

After receiving 570 submissions, GCI named 22 Top Idea and Promising Idea winners in May 2018 for ideas around three opportunity areas: improving early experiences, supporting parents and families, and leveraging neighborhoods and communities. In a Shared Knowledge post, we catch up with five of the winning innovators to find out what they’re up to and what they learned from participating in the Prize.