Baby's Space

Doctor Terrie Rose.
United States
A model of neighbourhood-based holistic early childhood centres that provide children and families with better opportunities for educational success by prioritising the baby’s point of view, parent and community engagement.
What solution does the innovation propose?

A full-range of services are provided to promote the healthy development and academic success for children and families living in poverty and experiencing historic trauma and violence. This is achieved by addressing both the need for high quality childcare as well as support for parental employment. Thus, facilities are one-stop centres in which child and family services are interrelated and of equal importance, responding to their cultures, values and needs. The support provided covers the process from pregnancy through to age five, including all year-round, full-day childcare.


Outstanding Service Award by the Minnesota Association of Children’s Mental Health (2011). Chrysanne Manoles Women in Leadership Award (2011). Terrie Rose is an Ashoka Fellow (2008).

Impact evidence

  • 100% of parents are engaged in activities—a far higher rate of parent engagement than many programmes serving communities in crisis.
  • Of the 99 children continuously enrolled in their programmes, 92% meet age-appropriate benchmarks.
How does it work?

The programme integrates holistic childcare with parental education and support and community engagement. The curriculum provides the opportunity for children to learn through discovery and play, form and maintain relationships and express and manage their emotions. It provides learning across all the developmental areas and a comprehensive approach to building cognitive, social, physical, language and emotional skills.

The programme includes home-visits, parenting groups, parent-child play dates, monthly family events and staff time dedicated for casual trust-building conversations and family support and advocacy, eliminating the inconvenience of visiting other counsellors at different agencies. On-site early detection and treatment allow professionals to intervene and provide safety to children and families. A mental health worker is always available for both parents and children. Support in meeting basic needs (scholarships, food, books, clothes and even gifts) is also provided.

Geographical scope

Where was initially developed
Minneapolis, United States.
Last updated: 
May 2019

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