Save the Children
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. They give children around the world a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.
They're working to achieve three global breakthroughs: that no child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday; that all children learn from a quality basic education; and that violence against children is no longer tolerated.
Save the Children strives to give kids everywhere the opportunity to learn, and Mattel helps by partnering on play-based learning programs. We work together in places like China, Indonesia, the US and Mexico to show families the power of play in giving kids the best possible start. Save the Children uses educationally appropriate toys in their programs around the world, which can include Fisher-Price toys.
Jo Metson Scott/Save the children
Worldwide Orphans (WWO) rehabilitates communities in areas of extreme poverty and disaster by providing meaningful opportunities for play that support a child’s learning, healing, and development.
Through their Element of Play® program, WWO ensures school readiness, provides psychosocial support, and equips adults with greater knowledge of how children develop, think, and feel at each age and stage of development. By paying special attention to listening and language development in the early years, Element of Play® is supporting kids to catch up to their peers.
Fisher-Price® has been instrumental in supplying toys for use within Element of Play® programs. The head of Fisher-Price’s Play Lab, Dr. Deb Weber, works with WWO staff to ensure the best toys are selected to support each stage of play and development.
WWO reaches more than 8,000 children and adults each year – with programs currently in Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Haiti, the United States, and Vietnam.
Special Olympics Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID), ages 2 to 7 years old. The focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth. It’s an early introduction to sports and to the world of Special Olympics, in which children enjoy games and activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
In Young Athletes, kids learn new things by playing and having lots of fun. They develop social skills and a confidence boost that make it easier for them to play and talk with other kids.
Special Olympics believes that sports will open hearts and minds toward people with ID and create inclusive communities worldwide.
Fisher-Price® works to support Special Olympics in its mission to enrich the lives of young families through the power of play.