5 questions with Matthew Rascoff

"If you want to predict the future look to our future leaders - what issues they care about, what resonates with them, what projects are they working on."

Matthew Rascoff leads Learning Innovation at Duke University. He previously founded and led Learning Technology & Innovation for the University of North Carolina system. Before UNC, Matthew worked as an advisor to education foundations and launched Amplify’s product development center in Durham, NC. After undergraduate studies at Columbia University he did graduate work at Bogazici University in Istanbul on a Fulbright Scholarship. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. Matthew serves on Capita’s Advisory Board.

5 questions with Sara Watson

"I love the explosion of efforts to convey the message that what young children need most is simply people who love and care for them."

Sara Watson is the Global Director of ReadyNation, a business membership group that supports executives to promote public and private investments that help build the future workforce. They work on issues from early childhood through young adulthood. This fall they sponsor their twelfth Global Business Summit on Early Childhood, November 1–2 in New York City.

Letting little children storm the theatre, for their sake

Throwing open the doors of theatre for a community’s youngest children is the type of strategy Capita is using to help leaders in the arts — but also in community development, business, civic life, and education — to develop new ways to incorporate children into every public setting.

Helping all children flourish in a digital age

“Flourishing” functions as a corrective to thinking about issues like high-quality early childhood education solely in terms of return on investment. The outcomes we aim to support are much deeper and broader that just those outcomes that produce better students to result in more economically productive adults.

5 questions with Alison Umminger

"Children are watching you as much as they are listening to you, and that there’s no substitute for presence. In many ways, young children naturally possess some of the qualities we work harder to cultivate as adults — undivided attention and presence."

Alison Umminger is an Associate Professor of English at the University of West Georgia where she has taught since 2004. She teaches creative writing and was the President of the Harvard Lampoon as an undergraduate. Her first novel, American Girls, was published in 2016. In recent years, Alison has maintained a keen interest in monastic and contemplative spirituality which she has incorporated into her classroom practice.

Capita Welcomes New Board Members

Capita welcomes Tich Changamire of Louisville, Kentucky, Jessica (Jess) Schumer of Long Beach, California, and Jessica H. Derrick of Charleston, South Carolina. Jessica, Tich, and Jess have boundless energy, professional expertise, and a commitment to innovation that they are willing to lend to improving outcomes for America’s children and families.

5 questions with Kantara Souffrant

"Ritual is life! I am eager to see how ritual affects children’s play: how it can be structured and unstructured; how children can play the same game over and over again and yet it is always new and fresh; and how play-as-ritual can helps us to understand “play” as vital a component to human development and socialization."

Kantara Souffrant is the Manager of School and Teacher Programs at the Milwaukee Art Museum, a performance artist, and an embodied storyteller. Kantara uses dance, movement, personal narrative and folds stories from Haiti and the larger African diaspora to create performances about immigration, family, and what it means to be part of a local and global community. She has a Ph.D. in performance studies from Northwestern University, an MA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College.

Engaging parents and other caregivers as innovators and designers for young children

Living Labs provide the opportunity for end-users to do more than answer other people’s questions: they allow the beneficiaries of early childhood systems and services to be the ones asking the questions that will move us all forward.

Transcending Boundaries: Four Principles for Catalyzing Intersectional Innovation

Intersectional innovation that transcends the boundaries of existing systems can help us realize the promise of flourishing and the good life for more and more of our youngest children. Their flourishing today will pave the way to flourishing for all of us tomorrow.

Ensuring our youngest children flourish: the need for intersectional innovation

We need to break out of the cycle of familiar and marginal improvements that characterizes innovation in the early childhood field. This break from more traditional innovations can help more children, families, and systems thrive in an age of great economic, political, social, cultural, and technological transformation.

Wu Yee Families Participate in Capita’s Living Lab

In order to test innovative approaches to improving outcomes for children rooted in our committment to engage parents in the innovation process, Capita recently hosted a “living design lab” at Wu Yee Children’s Services “Little Sprouts” Infant Center in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood.

5 questions with Innovation Edge’s Sonja Giese

"We often look for solutions outside of the spaces we occupy and yet there are so many unrealized opportunities all around us. One of our approaches is to look for “touch points” that are already at scale within our targeted communities and to design interventions that can be grafted onto these platforms."

Sonja Giese is founding Director of Innovation Edge and successfully bridges policy and practice, and private and public sectors. She has over 20 years of experience in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs in some of the poorest rural and urban communities in SA. She has engaged extensively with all levels of Government and has been instrumental in national policy reform and systems enhancements which have effectively leveraged massive gains for children.