Helping all children flourish in a digital age

Capita is deeply committed to the flourishing of all young children. We talk more about flourishing than just about anything else. The reason for this is pretty simple: we believe that “flourishing” is an especially rich way of thinking about the success and well-being of children. As such it is a very useful word for guiding our approach, fulfilling our mission, and nourishing our vision and perspective.

We understand a life of flourishing to be that which allows individuals and communities to imagine and become what they wish to be with passion, purpose, and excellence. It is the happiness that the founding fathers invited us to pursue in the Declaration of Independence. Flourishing incorporates education, health, access to artistic and cultural assets, mental and spiritual well-being, and the ability to contribute meaningfully as a citizen and member of society.

We use the language of flourishing, in part, because we aim to resist an approach to children, childhood, and early childhood development that is driven by a perspective on people and society that locates exclusively economic concerns as the crux of the human experience. “Flourishing” functions as a corrective to thinking about issues like high-quality early childhood education solely in terms of return on investment. The outcomes we aim to support are much deeper and broader that just those outcomes that produce better students to result in more economically productive adults.

The science of early childhood development makes clear that the earliest years of a person’s life are foundational to success in school and in the workforce, but more deeply they are foundational for living a meaningful life. They are foundational to flourishing.

As a concrete example of how flourishing informs our work, this summer we will host our first masterclass in Los Angeles. This moderated seminar will explore how emerging technologies are reshaping culture and society- and even rewiring our brains. It is increasingly clear that these technology-led transformations present both opportunities and challenges for ensuring that our children and their families flourish. Moderated by the philosopher and ethicist, Shannon Vallor, the masterclass will allow innovators across business, philanthropy, technology, academia, and traditional early childhood stakeholders to deepen their perspectives, clarify their values, and develop new values-driven ideas and approaches in their work. This masterclass will contribute to the global dialogue about what constitutes a meaningful life in a digital age and how we can support children achieving such lives in the 21st century.

Find out more and register for Childhood in a Digital Age here.