12.15.2015

Bridging the Word Gap Challenge

The Bridging the Word Gap Challenge will award $300,000 in prizes to support innovative solutions that can help promote early-language development among children from low-income families in the U.S. The word gap is the difference between the number of words children from low-income families are exposed to as compared to children from high-income families. By age three, children from low-income families are hearing 30 million fewer words than those from higher-income families.

The goal of the Word Gap Challenge is to create a tool to help parents and caregivers talk and engage more with young children, so all children in the U.S. are on the path to success from an early age. Submit your best ideas to help parents and caregivers to talk—and engage in more back and forth interactions—with their young children. Submissions should demonstrate that the proposed intervention could be used across diverse backgrounds and easily put into action.

Phase 1: Design
7-10 winners will be selected
Up to $10,000 will be awarded to each winner
Submission period: November 6, 2015 – December 31, 2015

Phase 2: Development and Small-Scale Testing
3-5 winner will be selected
Up to $25,000 will be awarded to each winner
Submission period: February 11, 2016 – July 11, 2016

Phase 3: Scaling (larger scale testing)
1 winner will be selected
Up to $100,000 will be awarded
Submission period: August 21, 2016 – February 21, 2017

For more information on the requirements for each phase and how to submit, visit the Bridging the Word Gap Challenge website.

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