Social Innovation Mapping: Entrepreneurial Patterns for the Future of Learning

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Everyone an Imagineer!: Equip Adults to Drive Change in Learning. Providing creative learning experiences for teachers, parents, working professions, and others that empower them to drive change in any part of the learning ecosystem. BABY’S SPACE A PLACE TO GROW

SOLUTION EXAMPLE: Terrie Rose founded Baby Space, a state-of-the art childcare that meets the emotional health and development needs of babies and young children exposed to trauma and poverty. Developed with local experts, Baby’s Space includes interactive spaces, mirrored walls, and cozy nooks that facilitate multi-sensory learning. In addition to the physical environment, Baby’s Space provides relationship-based program to promote healthy attachments between caring adults and children. A part of the curriculum, for example, helps parents and childcare providers to see themselves as superheroes in the lives of young children. To further its impact, Baby’s Space has become a full-service organization providing child care, a K-3rd elementary school, tutoring, parenting services and employment for parents and community members.


“ n all of our approaches we’re really trying to help adults see from the child’s point of view.”


“If you talk about things, it can become too academic. You have to bring kinesthetic opportunity when teaching about early childhood learning, because that’s really where adults live in terms of their memory of what play means and gives them the chance to think from the child’s point of view.”

IMPACT: > Baby’s Space serves the most at-risk American Indian children, with over 95% of Baby Space’s children passing the kindergarten readiness test compared to 45% readiness in the school district. Over 85% of elementary students score at or above grade level in math. And, 100% of parents16 are engaged in their children’s learning. > The Baby’s Space model has been adopted by childcare and Head Start centers located in low-income neighborhoods and on Indian Reservations across Minnesota. To further spread the model’s principles of emotional health and learning through exploration and play, Terrie is launching KinderView, an all-inclusive curriculum for early childhood organizations serving children ages 6 weeks to 6-years-of-age. > The science of early relationships and emotional development is spread through frequent keynote addresses, a TEDxTalk, and Dr. Rose’s book, “Emotional Readiness: How Early Experience and Mental Health Lead to School Success.”

Additional Patterns: * Lack of structures to facilitate meaningful community ownership in learning process. (Barrier D)


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