Reclaiming Indigenous Children’s Futures through Home-Visiting and Intergenerational Playspaces

Build A World Of Play Challenge
Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health

Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health and partners worldwide will scale culture-based home education and intergenerational playspaces for the well-being of Indigenous children and families.

Last Updated: January 2023
Competition Participation
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Build A World Of Play Challenge
Early childhood education
Current Work Location(s):
  • United States of America
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
Priority Population(s):
  • Families
  • Indigenous peoples
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 10. Reduced inequalities

Executive Summary

Indigenous peoples suffer the greatest inequities in the world, resulting from generations of historical trauma caused by colonization and its after-effects, including poverty, racism, poor health care and education, and devastating losses of children to foster care. The parent-child relationship in early life is core to children’s healthy development, but Indigenous parent-child relationships are under constant threat. Our solution: culturally-grounded home education to break cycles of despair paired with Indigenous playspaces.

We will scale the evidence-based, Indigenous home-visiting program, Family Spirit®, proven to promote parenting, mental health and children’s positive developmental trajectories. Partners include Indigenous communities in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Family Spirit will be taught by local home visitors to parents from pregnancy through age 5. To extend our impact, we will layer in a new synergistic approach: nature-based intergenerational playspaces to promote the power of communal play and Indigenous family-based traditions.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health

Organization Headquarters
Maryland, United States of America
Organization ID
Number of Full-time Employees
101 to 300
Annual Operating Budget
$10.1 to 25 Million

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