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NHSA Wins Innovation Prize

A project led by NHSA was chosen as a Top Idea in the Early Childhood (EC) Innovation Prize!

The project, “Helping Children Thrive Through Community-Led Outcome Metrics,” has been selected from more than 570 ideas submitted from innovators in 100 countries through OpenIDEO’s prize platform.

The capacity-building project is a collaboration between NHSA and the impact-driven data technology company BrightHive and is being supported by Gary Community Investments (GCI) to help accelerate its impact.

The concept behind the data infrastructure project was hatched during NHSA’s Data Design Huddle in December 2017. That workshop convened Head Start practitioners from across the country who had expressed interest in finding ways to optimize their use of data to improve outcomes for the children and families they serve.

The result is this community-driven project, which aims to create a shared data and outcomes infrastructure that increases local Head Start programs’ ability to use data to measure and improve quality, brainstorm smarter ways to fix problems, and achieve better results.

The recently revised federal Head Start Program Performance Standards encourage programs to use data to inform and drive continuous improvement. This project is a step toward making that vision a reality.

Through the Data Design Initiative that spurred this prize-winning project, HeadStarter Network events like the Tech and Early Ed Incubator, and the annual Early Childhood Innovation SummitNHSA has been leading the way in convening Head Start practitioners and experts from the tech and business communities to accelerate innovation in early childhood development.

Please join me in celebrating this milestone with the Head Start community on social media!

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Thank you for all you do to improve the lives of children and families.

In partnership,

Yasmina Vinci
Executive Director
National Head Start Association