Well before the rest of us started hunkering down and conducting most of our meetings via online video platforms, Promise Venture Studio, a nonprofit accelerator for social entrepreneurs, produced web-only events to celebrate innovations in early childhood education. Cofounded by Gabe Hakim and Matt Glickman in 2018, the nonprofit enterprise organizes “Show+Tell” interactive events presenting innovative parent support programs.
“Our team works to find and support promising social entrepreneurs working in early childhood,” says Kate Wylde, program manager at Promise Venture Studio. “We look for leaders who are disrupting the field, and we facilitate connections to help them scale up as well as deepen their impact.” Nearly 200 ventures have been showcased so far, including:
Kinedu, an app that unleashes early childhood development at scale by fostering quality learning experiences at home, at school and everywhere in between.
Peppy Pals, award-winning, research-based apps, e-books, movies teaching children Social and Emotional Intelligence through storytelling and humor.
Centering Healthcare Institute, the only intervention that offers continuity of care from pregnancy through the critical early childhood period of health and development (P-2+) with a focus on parent activation and empowerment.
Strong Starts Court Initiative, a family-court intervention that strengthens child and family outcomes and integrates developmental science into court practice.
ChatterBaby, an infant cry translator that screens for early signs of autism spectrum disorder.
When I initially reached out to Promise Venture Studio, the team was preparing for its Early Childhood Pop-Up at ASU GSV. Originally scheduled for April, the prestigious annual summit (a collaboration between Arizona State University and Global Silicon Valley) has been moved to September. (Read about last year’s summit.)
In Wylde’s words, “The field has been trying to make the case for early childhood for decades, and this crisis has only made the situation more dire. We’re seeing a lot of innovation and creativity during this crisis. So many ventures in our network have stepped up. It’s inspiring.”
Show+Tell Pop-Up Series
Promise Venture Studio’s new Show+Tell Pop-Up Series runs from April 30 to May 12 and features organizations and businesses doing inspirational work to support our nation’s youngest and most vulnerable learners and their families. Register now!
Early Learning Nation columnist Mark Swartz writes for and about nonprofit organizations. Author of the children's books Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, Lost Flamingo, Magpie Bridge and The Giant of the Flood as well as a few novels, he lives in Takoma Park, MD, with his wife and two children.