Updated Feb 27, 2020

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OneSky is training home-based childcare providers through blended learning, creating high quality early childhood care and education for the vulnerable children of low-wage factory workers in Vietnam

Our innovation consists of four main components: (1) an evidence-based, 20-week HBC provider training program delivered every two weeks through in-person group sessions; (2) fortnightly HBC visits by trainers to coach providers; (3) a mobile-friendly digital learning portal offering a multimedia ECCE resource library, community of practice, and on-going professional development for HBC provider...
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Our innovation consists of four main components: (1) an evidence-based, 20-week HBC provider training program delivered every two weeks through in-person group sessions; (2) fortnightly HBC visits by trainers to coach providers; (3) a mobile-friendly digital learning portal offering a multimedia ECCE resource library, community of practice, and on-going professional development for HBC providers; and (4) a parenting program we will soon be launching for low-wage factory workers, offered through those same HBC providers, to strengthen nurturing environments at home. All HBC providers are invited to attend this training by their provincial Department of Education, a key government partner to our work. Our training of trainers combined with our digital learning platform ultimately works towards our goal of upskilling the entire HBC provider workforce at scale across Vietnam’s factory zones.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

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Focus Areas:

Pre-primary/Pre-school/ECD Education, Parent & Family Engagement, Workforce Development and 4 MoreSEE ALL

Pre-primary/Pre-school/ECD Education, Parent & Family Engagement, Workforce Development, Gender Equity, Child Protection, Technology and Teacher Development and TrainingSEE LESS

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Problem

Frequent cases of child abuse or neglect are reported in Vietnam’s 325 industrial zones, where an estimated 1.2 million children of low-wage factory workers live. 80% of these factory workers are young women who make around $5 USD a day and struggle to access the limited public childcare due to their migrant status and low pay. As a result, as many as 49 children may be looked after by just one or two adult caregivers for 12+ hours a day in unlicensed home-based childcare (HBC) arrangements.

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Solution

OneSky is working with the Vietnamese government to upskill the home-based childcare provider workforce in the industrial zones to improve the quality of early childhood care and education (ECCE) for vulnerable children under age 6 in their stead. We do this through our innovative blended learning solution to train and digitally empower HBC providers and caregivers, investing in the early childhood workforce at scale to safeguard the rights of Vietnam’s most vulnerable young children.

Target Beneficiaries

Our innovation serves the estimated 1.2 million young children of low-wage factory workers by training often unlicensed HBC providers in the informal industry that has emerged to meet the demand for childcare. These HBC providers are local women entrepreneurs, many mothers themselves, with little or no training and support. As a result, these children face an increased risk of neglect, abuse, and poorer care. Our two-generation work simultaneously benefits adult caregivers – HBC providers and working parents – and their children.

Competitive Advantage

OneSky is the leading organization working with the Vietnamese government specifically on a scalable ECCE model in industrial zones to improve holistic child development and the responsive care provided in HBCs. Our innovation transforms the quality of care offered by HBC providers at an approximate cost-per-child of $15 USD and has a greater impact per dollar than alternative solutions due to our distinctive blended learning approach. A three-year randomized control study of our work in rural China (using the same curriculum and methods we use for training in Vietnam) was conducted by the China Development Research Foundation and the Amsterdam Institute for International Development. The impact evaluation showed that our programs had a positive effect on caregiver attitudes and child development outcomes, particularly gross-motor and social-emotional skill development. We are now pioneering a landmark body of evidence through an on-going impact evaluation on our HBC training approach in Vietnam, conducted by leading ECCE researcher Professor Aisha Yousafzai at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. It is the first study of its kind on HBCs in Asia and the largest outside of the Global North.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Having originally tested and scaled the OneSky approach to co-train with the Chinese government every caregiver in child welfare institutions across every province of China, we have now successfully adapted our work to Vietnam. In 2017, we launched a national demonstration Early Learning Center and training hub in Da Nang, a budding industrial city in central Vietnam. We have since trained 320 HBC providers in Da Nang province to improve the quality of care for 9,280 children. We have just expanded our HBC training to a new neighboring province, Quang Nam, where we are now training 160 HBC providers to reach an additional 4,640 children of factory workers. Our success has led Vietnam's Ministry of Education and Training to ask that we bring our innovation to 19 more provinces to reach an estimated 417,000 vulnerable children of factory workers. In the future, we aim to upskill and certify the entire HBC provider workforce at scale to reach all 1.2 million children of factory workers across industrial zones as well as build the capacity of government to adopt and implement our approach. We have funding secured for expansion into the first 2 new provinces but are seeking funding and technical support for this next critical phase in our transition-to-scale to demonstrate our innovation in 4 more provinces and engage stakeholders to build authorization for systems change.
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted1,200,000
New FeatureEnhancing 1GiaDinhLon digital content and blended learning; fine-tuning our operational model and scaling strategy; improving our M&E for quality at scale

The Team Behind the Innovation

We have a local team of ECCE specialists and Vietnamese country leadership with expertise in operations, partnerships, strategy, and M&E, supported by our women-led global executive team. Our Founder and CEO Jenny Bowen received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship for OneSky’s work to transform China’s child welfare system, which has adopted our approach as the national standard of care over the last 20 years.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Sep 2019
Funds RaisedVERIFIED
$10,000
FOCUS AREAS
Teacher Development and Training
Implemented InMongolia, China and Vietnam