OneSky for all children
Why did you create this innovation?
Neuroscience has shown us that during the formative early years, the brain is developing at lightning speed — and the quality of care and education in that critical period shapes the trajectory of a child’s future. Yet across Asia, an estimated 58 million children under five are at risk of not reaching their full developmental potential.
How does your innovation work in practice?
Over the last two decades, we have developed an evidence-based approach to train the adult caregivers in a vulnerable child's life (early educators, child welfare workers, childcare providers, parents, family members, and more) to provide high-quality early childhood care and education. The OneSky approach is inspired by Reggio Emilia's child-centered principles, globally informed by developmental science, and locally adapted for low-resource settings. OneSky’s curriculum empowers caregivers to establish a responsive relationship to the child, create safe and nurturing learning environments, promote play and discovery, and cultivate holistic child development as a lifelong foundation to thrive. Our blended learning approach includes classroom training, hands-on mentoring by early childhood specialists, and continuing education through 1BigFamily, our mobile-friendly online learning community platform which has been especially valuable during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How has it been spreading?
OneSky was founded in 1998 to improve the lives of vulnerable children in China’s welfare institutions. In 2011, China's Ministry of Civil Affairs and OneSky launched a groundbreaking partnership to train every child welfare worker in the country. OneSky’s approach has since become the national standard of care across institutions and has reached every province in China. OneSky has learned from over two decades of work that the needs of young children are universal. Today, OneSky’s programs have expanded to train caregivers of marginalized children across China’s rural villages, Vietnam’s industrial zones, and Mongolia’s urban informal settlements. To date, we have trained 62,843 caregivers to transform the lives of 225,643 children across Asia.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
OneSky is committed to systemic change and has worked, always in close partnership with communities and government, to advance the quality of early care and education for the vulnerable children we serve. We adapt our approach to the local context, demonstrate its impact, and build the capacity of partner organizations and governments for scale. Please contact us to learn more.
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