Building and scaling quality child-care designed for under resourced families.
By scaling and expanding quality child care centers:
- Kids get quality care, healthy development
- Parents can pursue job opportunities
- Child care professionals thrive as business owners
- New jobs are added to local economy
- Local talent development: the best investment a community can make is in it’s people.
- Regionalism: long term community & economic development takes regional coordination (neighborhood, city, county) and expanding quality child care is the best starting point to bring people to the table to start working together around shared goals.
- Starting early: the best investments in people start as early as possible, prenatal to age 5.
- Asset-based: focus on what is working and the strengths of people & orgs to build things that work.
Developing a community takes time. The problems we face are deep and often entrenched within history and other systems. Our vision is to build a design-shop that seeks to understand unmet needs, and then co-design solutions to these pain points. We want to spur new job creation through doing this work in partnership with parents, local leaders and experts so that the solutions can be developed as entirely new business that can be run by existing community members. We plan to repeat our approach again and again, each successive time, generating new partnerships and businesses that solve previously unmet challenges in expanding quality child care.
Timeline: See page 3 and 4 in the document – linked here
Potential Starting Design Challenge:
- How can we outsource non-core work (reduce costs) to center operators so they can focus on core business of quality care to kids?
- How can we outsource biz & back office (accounting, payroll, recruiting, state subsidies, compliance, meal prep, payments etc)?
Vichi (IDEO) & Seth (Frog) have been trained in human-centered design. Our approach to design is parent and kid-centered and empathy-driven. Seeds of Power sits at the intersection of child development experts and families, translating best practices in early childhood education to the context of the community.
We will use design activities & participatory interviews to build empathy, identify barriers & opportunities to build supports and make improvements to scale quality of child care centers. We will test and prototype solutions to find what works for families and center operators.
We will work in partnership with parents and community leaders. Our goal is to build, test, refine solutions to unmet needs and create sustainable services that will be launched and led by community members through partnerships and/or new business creation.
How This Process Looks in Action:
Each step in the process can yield new insights that cause you to go back to previous steps to refine your focus and then repeat the next steps.
Two Pager: linked here
Vichi spent the summer working for Self-Help in Durham, NC. Seth spent the summer working for the NC Early Childhood Foundation and NC Community Foundation. The vision linked above was based on over 30 interviews with North Carolina leaders from the summer of 2016.