Half the Sky Foundation

OneSky envisions a time when all the world's children are valued and considered a precious human resource worthy of investment. We create and implement simple, replicable model early learning programs designed to unlock the vast hidden potential of vulnerable at-risk young children through nurturing responsive care.

Half the Sky Foundation
715 Hearst Avenue
Ste. 200
Berkeley, California 94710
United States
510-525-3377
http://www.onesky.org

CEO

Jenny Bowen

Management Team

Jenny Bowen

Board of Directors

Jenny Bowen, Chapman Taylor, Tim Huxley, Dana Johnson, Melissa Ma, Stephen Chipman, Matt Dalio, Peter Bennett, Laura Laura Hui Jesudason

Project Leaders

Patricia King
Pat King
Patricia King
Jennifer Kincaid

Mission

OneSky envisions a time when all the world's children are valued and considered a precious human resource worthy of investment. We create and implement simple, replicable model early learning programs designed to unlock the vast hidden potential of vulnerable at-risk young children through nurturing responsive care.

Programs

Our work in China's orphanages has taught us how to develop low-cost, system-changing models for the care and nurture of young children at-risk that can provide a simple solution to this growing global crisis. Our models can be adapted to meet challenges in diverse situations wherever young children live in adversity, particularly in developing countries. The Orphanage Model This model has become China's national standard for orphan care. At its heart are three simple, replicable programs that offer institutionalized children the responsive care and loving attention they need in order to thrive: Infant Nurture - Women from the local community are trained to provide nurturing, responsive care and stimulation for orphaned babies and toddlers. Attentive to the tremendous gains infants make in the early years of life - physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually - each nanny is assigned 3-4 babies and treats them as her very own. Preschools - Experienced early childhood educators are taught a unique and progressive curriculum that blends responsive care and some elements of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education with local kindergarten standards. The program is designed to prepare the children to develop intellectual curiosity and a love of learning, succeed in community schools, and attain the positive sense of self so often missing in institutionalized children. Special Families - Married couples who have already raised a family but still have room in their hearts are recruited from the local community to provide permanent loving foster homes for children whose physical, emotional or cognitive challenges are likely to preclude their adoption. Children who would otherwise spend their lives in institutional care, grow up knowing the love of a family while also receiving the special care that our early intervention programs provide. The Village Model This model is offering a low-cost approach to mitigating the damage to children left behind in rural villages by parents who have migrated away for work. Family Skills - Parenting skills and responsive care training, benefitting infants, toddlers, and their preschool-aged siblings, is delivered to primary caregivers through group trainings at the OneSky Family Center and via weekly home visits. The focus is on providing nurturing care in daily life, with an emphasis on attachment and bonding, brain development and stimulation, and on fostering early communication. ECD Centers - An early learning center is provided for all children in the village, ages 3-6, irrespective of the family's ability to pay. The child-centered curriculum emphasizes using responsive care to improve cognitive, social, emotional development and school readiness. Community Engagement - This critical component is geared toward strengthening now disintegrating rural communities and providing a nurturing home for young children despite parental absence by offering trainer-facilitated village gatherings, monthly community projects (community garden, field trips and treasure hunts with preschoolers, etc.), and cooperative childcare to give weary grandparents regular respite.

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