One-line solution summary:
Virtual communities and science-based toolkits, empowering parents and caregivers to provide a safe and nurturing environment to their children.
Which Challenge does your solution most closely address?Equitable Classrooms: How can all young learners have access to quality, safe, and equitable learning environments?
Pitch your solution.
It takes a village to raise a child.
Young children need a safe, supportive and growth-minded home environment in order to develop into healthy, happy and free individuals.
Parents of young children encounter boundaries due to isolation, their own upbringing, the surrounding culture or unhelpful myths and believes.
The FUTURE CAMPUS strives to create a virtual village, empowering parents and caregivers and enabling them to provide a safe and nurturing environment to their children.
We offer a neuro-science based program where we accompany families in the journey from age 0 to 6 of their child's development.
Main features of the offering include:
1 to 6 months packages depending on the age of the child and the parent / caregivers need
true democratization (access and pricing) of the content by providing the content as much as possible through on-line training, but also regular interactive webinars (sessions include: the importance of positive emotions and the growth-mind theory)
- parents/caregivers will be assigned to virtual communities (based on the child’s age and needs) where they will co-create their learning experience by accessing a “24/7 open dialogue with experts” , focused workshops and break-out teams and accompanying toolkits such as an application, videos, etc.
In what city, town, or region is your solution team headquartered?Gland, Switzerland
Our solution's stage of development:Prototype
Is this a new solution, an existing solution, or an adaptation of an existing solution?New solution
How does your solution incorporate research?
The content of the FUTURE CAMPUS is based on neuro-science, psychology, pedagogics and social science. We go back to the basics with the latest research, focusing on brain development and social emotional development. We will try to unravel existing beliefs with research, do these believes still hold ground or can we let go of them?
We will apply the existing science based knowledge on learning and brain development as well in our campus to create our online workshops. We come from a growth-mindset. We will work with different ways of information supply to cater to all the different ways that people learn. We keep it active and challenging with the focus on creating internal motivation and strength.
To see if our approach is working we would like to measure this by using a self-assessment list for caregivers that are joining our campus. With this we can measure the impact over different spans of time (e.g. 6 months, 1 year). Further we like to include short surveys for our participants to be playing into the needs of the communities that are joining us to make sure our solution is connecting.
Some key research includes:
- Growth mindset by Caroll Dweck
- Positive psychology by Shawn Achor
- Gender-nonconform education by Diane Ehrensaft
- Multilingual education by Patricia Kuhl and Albert Costa
Other child- and neuroscience studies:
- Dan Siegel - Mindsite Institute
- Marco Plas - Research Institute of Infant Studies
- Jack P. Shonkoff - Center on the developing child - Harvard university
Who is the Team Lead for your solution?
What makes your solution innovative?
connecting global, scientific insight with local, hands-on experience
The FUTURE CAMPUS communities are led by a diverse group of experienced educators who combine global insights in the fields of neuro-science, early childhood pedagogics, psychology and social science with their hands-on professional experience as educators. This unique combination allows them to translate scientific insights into meaningful, easy-to-understand examples for the participating parents and caregivers. Storytelling and anecdotes from their professional lives as well as their well-trained skills to gain the trust of parents equip them uniquely as coaches, moderators and trainers of the Future Campus.
starting from an existing team and customer base
Little Green House is a multilingual group of childcare centres with a team of 180 educators and over 2'000 alumni and present customers of diverse backgrounds.
virtual community building
During the Covid crisis, we have learned to create virtual communities per zoom & co. We have participated ourselves in a leadership training which combined video classrooms, discussions in breakout sessions, preparation material via moodle and individual coaching per video.
With these new technologies, we can reach a global audience, as long as they have access to the internet.
it takes time to evoke true, long-lasting change and transformation. Therefore, we will offer packages which include virtual communities and classrooms spread out over several months, with follow-up packages along with the developing age of the child and additional add-ons by topic. The impact of our program will be measured through regular self-assessments of the parents and caregivers.
What is your theory of change?
Select the key characteristics of your target population.
In which countries do you currently operate?
In which countries do you plan to be operating within the next year?
What are your impact goals for the next year and the next five years, and how will you achieve them?
- Train 100 parents/caregivers with our foundation offering + follow-on support,
- 80% of parents have reduced stress levels and are happier because they know what is important, they developed new skills and reinforced their existing ones and they created a lasting support-system.
- 200 children would be supported.
- 90% of children are more resilient, confident, safe and developed.
- Train 1500 parents/caregivers with our foundation offering + follow-on support, allowing them to reduce stress and offer a safe and nurturing environment for their child.
- 80% of parents have reduced stress levels and are happier because because they know what is important, they developed new skills and reinforced their existing ones, they created a support-system.
- 3000 children would be supported.
- 90% of children are more resilient, confident, safe and developed.
With our childcare centers we scaled from 60 children to 300 children in 5 years. Because of the use of internet we expect a three-fold faster grow.
We will measure our impact by integrating different surveys at different frequencies and track different indicators (parent well-being, children confidence level etc) related to our intended impact.
We will achieve our impact by scaling the solution from first our known target group (Switzerland) to resembling target group (countries around) to global target groups.
What barriers currently exist for you to accomplish your goals in the next year and in the next five years?
1. our barriers in the next year
1.1. need for change
we need to transform our existing pedagogic concept and educator training process to adapt it to the new audience.
1.2. competing resources
Our current resources to manage this transformation are the same resources which we also need to grow our existing childcare business. Both projects are competing for time, attention, energy and financial resources.
2. our barriers in the next five years
2.1. need to change
in order to reach families globally, and support increasingly families and children in more vulnerable environments, we need to adapt our offer to a new audience, in cooperation with representatives of this new audience
2.2. establish new network and gain institutional support (governments, NGOs, etc)
currently, we have very limited access to these audiences and we also have very limited access to institutional networks, like NOGs, governments, etc. We need to find a way to gain their interest, trust and willingness to support our development.
How do you plan to overcome these barriers?
- Secure funding to test prototype
- Use current community (present and alumni) to test the packages
- Ensure upskilling of educators with the current multilingual training available, management of resources
- Recruit key talents and build solid partnerships with other networks and key community partners to facilitate growth of the offering.