Encouraging Innovation

Develop and bring promising programs to scale

The Pritzker Children's Initiative seeks out new approaches to meet the needs of infants and toddlers, encouraging innovation and bringing promising programs to scale.

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Harvard Center on the Developing Child

The Harvard Center on the Developing Child (HCDC) is moving beyond translating brain science to explain why investing in the early years is so important and how those investments can make the deepest and widest impact. HCDC is also piloting the use of biological and behavioral measures to assess toxic stress in children under three years of age and to measure the impact of interventions.


Pediatricians Supporting Parents

The Pediatricians Supporting Parents (PSP) initiative recognizes that social and emotional development is a critical component of success in school and in life. The PSP cohort of funders aims to discover the pediatric practices that work for whom and why. The discoveries will contribute to a broader scaling plan with the aim of improving standard of care in pediatric practice.


Home Grown Child Care Collaborative

The Home Grown Child Care Collaborative is composed of ten national funders united by a single goal: to improve the quality of and access to home-based child care. It is the most popular child care choice for parents, but due to its decentralized nature, it is also the least understood. By working together, the collaborative will invest in a field that is ripe for transformation.


All Our Kin

All Our Kin (AOK) will transform the quality, availability, and sustainability of early care and education for 20,000 children by scaling its proven model for building family child care providers’ capacity as educators and small business owners. AOK will accomplish this through a combination of direct replication of their current model of assisting providers and piloting two new approaches.