Organization Name: Tinkergarten

Focus Area: Littlest Learners
Region: United States
Sector: For Profit
Investment Year: 2015
Tinkergarten® helps children unlock their natural learning ability, building skills to become ready to learn, ready to thrive and ready for anything. Their technology-enabled network of leaders bring families together in a local greenspace for classes in which kids learn through play and fall in love with learning. Each outdoor play experiences is engineered to marry the latest science, with the wisdom of the ages, and the wonder of childhood to teach creativity, empathy, focus, persistence and more. Tinkergarten classes are led by certified leaders who are trained to bring this healthy, social, and engaging learning experience to families and kids (6 months-8 years).

Why We Invested

Play acts as an important catalyst in early childhood development, stimulating neural connections, which then leads to the development of gross motor skills and fine motor skills. Play also helps children with language development, socialization, creativity, critical thinking, expressing emotions, and solving problems. Tinkergarten offers a play-based curriculum focusing on the needs of young children thought a combination of parental nurturing engagement and exploration of the world through senses. Separately, Tinkergarten has developed an innovative distributed workforce model, where leaders turn entrepreneurs for open-ended play learning, creating a powerful connection between the leaders and the program,

Tinkergarten is a new way of learning, and for some of us, it's even a way of life. Every day our movement grows, we help more children and their families learn through play, connect to the outdoors, and develop a lifelong set of skills, curiosity, desire to learn new things. So kids are born ready to learn, ready to discover, ready to use all of their senses, and all of their tools to make sense of the world, and build essential skills for life.
Meghan Fitzgerald, Founder and Chief Learning Officer, Tinkergarten