NH ChILD was conceptualized by Bank Street College of Education and the Friends Center for Children with support from the Trust for Learning (TFL) and the TFL’s Ideal Learning Roundtable. NH ChILD incorporates the principles of Ideal Learning, as defined by the Trust for Learning’s Ideal Learning Roundtable1, as the foundational approach to quality. With initial funding from the Trust for Learning, NH ChILD was launched in 2017 with the release of the Making the Case document and incorporated in 2019.

The Trust for Learning convenes and supports the Ideal Learning Roundtable (ILR) as part of its mission to expand ideal learning approaches to serve all children. At the time, the ILR consisted of the following approaches: Reggio Emilio, Friends Center for Children, Bank Street College of Education, and Montessori.