Neighborhood Villages is designing a best-in-class demonstration model for delivery of high-quality, affordable child care.
Designed in partnership with experts, child care providers, and multi-sector advisers, the Neighborhood Village School model is highly integrated with health-care delivery and designed to serve the whole child and family. Our model seeks to prove that a whole-family approach to investing in children during their most formative years will result in improved health, education, and workforce development outcomes - not just for children, but for their caregivers as well. We aim to test how greater integration between child care and health care delivery can drive both short- and long-term health care and other public-sector savings.
Neighborhood Village Schools are designed to:
Provide the highest quality care and education by recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers, paying teachers fair wages, and investing in teachers’ professional development
Ensure affordability through utilization of a sliding scale tuition model.
Offer year-round extended hours of operation, to reflect the lived reality of enrolled families.
Offer families coordinated, proximate wraparound services, such as primary and behavioral health care and parent support and empowerment programming.
To learn more about our work to pilot a Neighborhood Village School in Boston, MA, please get in touch.
Neighborhood Villages is working to help stabilize the early education workforce and create new career pathways for early learning educators.
Research tells us that early educators, especially infant and toddler teachers, are the most important teachers our children may ever have. Yet, we chronically underinvest in our early education workforce, with the average early educator in America earning less than $22,000 a year. At the same time, early educators must navigate a cumbersome, time-consuming, and often expensive patchwork of licensure requirements just to enter the field or to keep their job. Additionally, achieving advanced accreditation is no guarantee than an educator will receive any increase in compensation.
Neighborhood Villages’ innovative career pathways model is designed to help promote stabilization of the early education workforce. Through partnership with academic experts and institutions, community colleges, and early learning providers, our program focuses on recruitment, onboarding, and ongoing professional development for early educators. Across six unique professional development programs, the model trains teachers to provide high quality care and education for infants and toddlers. Additionally, the model emphasizes building seamless, individualized professional development and instructional coaching into an educator’s workday, thereby facilitating staff members’ ability to work towards advanced certificates and degrees.