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Fun monthly crate subscription that introduces 5-10 year old girls to  careers and women role models in STEM and leadership fields!
Fun monthly crate subscription that introduces 5-10 year old girls to  careers and women role models in STEM and leadership fields!
Fun monthly crate subscription that introduces 5-10 year old girls to careers and women role models in STEM and leadership fields!
404 backers pledged $22,919 to help bring this project to life.

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That's $2,000 worth of crates that we will donate directly to charity if we reach $25,000 in pledges before our Kickstarter ends! Help us spread the word!

Each month's crate is different, but each is designed by Little Ms. Crate’s panel of early childhood development experts and contains unique activities, games, stories, props, and profiles of women role models, which provide just enough structure and inspiration for hours of educational, self-directed play. 

Little Ms. Crate is about refuting society's many negative messages and showing our girls that careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and leadership ARE "for girls".

Little Ms. Crate is about showing the connections between the impactful, meaningful careers that our little girls tell us they want when they grow up, and the math and science classes they're taking right now.

Little Ms. Crate is about shining a light on the accomplished, inspiring and fascinating women who've done so much to change the world for the better. There are so many! Their stories just don't typically get enough air time.

Contents of the Little Ms. CEO crate, only available via the limited Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas reward tiers!
Contents of the Little Ms. CEO crate, only available via the limited Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas reward tiers!

As an obsessed father of a (spectacular!) 14 month old girl, I've seen so many products that attempt to "make STEM fun for girls" by simply applying glitter, or camouflaging it as a jewelry-making kit. Young boys and girls are very similar — you don't have to shy away from bugs, dinosaurs or dirt to interest girls! Of course, there are some differences in typical play patterns between the genders — not to mention different social pressures around things like asking questions, being assertive, and being competitive. Little Ms. Crate focuses on a mix of social activities that are cooperative and dramatic (roleplaying), as well as solitary activities that are creative and open-ended.

Chances are that your favorite little girl already engages in these types of play today, though not necessarily as a CEO...or 3D Animator...or Supreme Court Justice...or App Developer...but she can, with the gift of a Little Ms. Crate subscription! 

The information, games, props and activities let her "try on" each career option, to see how it fits —

  • What’s so interesting about it? 
  • How can it help shape the world? 
  • What is a day on the job like? 
  • Is it a good choice if I want to help animals? Explore space? Create beautiful buildings? Employ lots of people? Work with technology? Make music?

Learning about the life stories of real women who have lived and worked in that profession allow her to consider how it might fit in with her other thoughts about life —

  • Are women allowed? (Spoiler alert: Yes!) 
  • Can you wear dresses? Work boots? Cool helmets? 
  • Can I be the boss? Do I have to be the boss?
  • Can I make art, too?
  • Would it help if I joined Math Club even though everyone says it’s soooooo lame?

Maybe she'll fall in love with a career at age 8 and dedicate the rest of her life to that passion. Maybe she won't end up pursuing a career in STEM or leadership, at all. The important thing is that she'll get to make that decision for herself, at the appropriate time in her life.

This chart will help you find the perfect reward! All you need to do is find your objective in the first column — whether you're doing some holiday shopping, or want to be part of the first regular subscriptions early in 2016, or even if you don't have a 5-10 year old girl in your life right now, but want to support our mission to inspire and empower girls everywhere. Once you find your objective, look to the 2nd column to see which reward name you should choose.

Wondering why some of the rewards have price ranges?

We're offering a limited quantity of very low cost tiers for our earliest backers. Most of the crate rewards will have 2 or 3 tiers of pricing:

  • Insider Exclusives are the lowest priced and most limited tiers for our earliest supporters. Anyone can grab one if they haven't sold out.
  • Early Birds are still ahead of the curve and get great deals. Look for these if the Insider Exclusive tier of the reward you want is all gone.
  • Not-so-early birds are fashionably late, but every bit as important to our mission! Even more so, in some ways.

We've done a ton of planning and prototyping, but this is Kickstarter, so we're still figuring things out to make sure we can get Little Ms. Crate up and running for the long haul. If you're not able to get those early discounts, please know that the little extra backing you provide will go a very long way to helping us get through the inevitable start-up bumps. No matter what tier you end up with, you'll always be an official Little Ms. Crate Backer and we'll always remember that.

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is failing to meet the challenge of creating fresh, engaging, challenging-yet-approachable material each and every month. That risk has been top of mind since the idea was conceived, just about a year ago.

As a coder-turned-technical-sales-executive, I have extensive professional experience bringing people, process, and technology together to successfully execute large, complex projects with globally distributed teams. It's what I do!

I have spent much of the past year building and working with a team of early childhood development experts from all areas of the discipline — academia, hands-on teaching, curriculum development, play therapy and writing/illustration.

I have worked out a crate design process that leverages technology to find and pick the brains of real, live professionals in whatever field we're considering as a crate theme, to get their ideas about how to introduce their job to kids. The team then brainstorms activities, props and toys based on those ideas. We work together to refine the most promising ones, tapping into networks of writers, illustrators, and designers to polish the ideas. I then leverage technologies like 3D-printing, book self-publishing platforms, and custom game publishers to create a new crateful of Little Ms. Crate-exclusive materials. We will occasionally round out a crate by including realistic, 3rd-party toys or props to make the experience as immersive as possible.

In this way, I have built a pipeline of several months worth of crate concepts that are currently under development. With the Kickstarter funding, I will develop play- and safety-testing programs to ensure the highest quality. Until then, I have ensured safety by focusing on paper-based activities and independently safety-tested 3rd-party items in the first few crates.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    I WANT TO HELP!

    We'll keep you updated on our progress and give you access to special, backer-only promotions after we've gone live!

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    DONATE A CRATE ON MY BEHALF

    Want to support Little Ms. Crate, but don't have a 5-10 year old girl in your life right now? We'll hand-deliver a crate, in your name, to a charitable organization that helps under-served girls. Since we don't have to pay for shipping, your backing dollars go as far as possible.

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    EMAIL ME: LITTLE MS. CEO

    Receive an email with a PDF of all of the paper goods from the Little Ms. CEO crate so you can print them (and cut them out) at home:

    - The information/activity guide book
    - Organizational Chart
    - Interview Questionnaire
    - Fold-up Executive Desk Nameplate
    - Little Ms. CEO Business Cards

    Not the COMPLETE Little Ms. CEO experience, but a good option for backers outside of the US.

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    Pledge $29 or more About $29

    INSIDER EXCLUSIVE: 1 MONTH SUBSCRIPTION

    A 1 month subscription, available in very limited quantities and at a very special rate, just for our Insiders and earliest backers. The standard 1 month reward is $49! HURRY!

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    Pledge $39 or more About $39

    MERRY CHRISTMAS! **INSIDER EXCLUSIVE**

    A special 1 month holiday subscription. The holiday rewards are the only way to get the inaugural Little Ms. CEO crate!

    Timing will be pretty tight, but Santa will help us deliver the first Little Ms. Crate to your favorite little girl in time for Christmas!

    Quantities are limited, due to the time constraint.

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    Pledge $39 or more About $39

    HAPPY CHANUKAH! **INSIDER EXCLUSIVE**

    A special 1 month holiday subscription. The holiday rewards are the only way to get the inaugural Little Ms. CEO crate!

    Timing will be very tight, but we will work our tuchuses off to deliver the first Little Ms. Crate to your favorite little girl in time for Chanukah. Fortunately, we have 8 days to work with!

    Quantities are even more limited than for the MERRY CHRISTMAS reward, because we have to ship even sooner. Please only select this reward if you need it in time for Chanukah. Otherwise, select MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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    Pledge $39 or more About $39

    OH CANADA: LITTLE MS. CEO CRATE

    A special 1 month introductory subscription for our friends up north. It's the same as the holiday rewards, except we can't guarantee arrival before Christmas, due to the INSANE cost of any sort of expedited shipping from the US to Canada. It's the only way to get the inaugural Little Ms. CEO crate in Canada.

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    Pledge $49 or more About $49

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    A special 1 month holiday subscription. The holiday rewards are the only way to get the inaugural Little Ms. CEO crate!

    Timing will be pretty tight, but Santa will help us deliver the first Little Ms. Crate to your favorite little girl in time for Christmas!

    Quantities are limited, due to the time constraint.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    COMMEMORATIVE PRINT

    Receive a high quality print of our first ever mascot — Little Ms. Astronaut — with commemorative seal identifying you as an Excluseive Little Ms. Crate Kickstarter Backer. Suitable for framing!

    These will never be produced again!

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    Pledge $84 or more About $84

    INSIDER EXCLUSIVE: 3 MONTH SUBSCRIPTION

    A 3 month subscription, available in very limited quantities and at a very special rate, just for our Insiders and earliest backers. The standard 3 month reward is $134! HURRY!

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    COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE

    Receive a mounted plaque, consisting of a high quality print of our first ever mascot — Little Ms. Astronaut — and commemorative seal identifying you as an Excluseive Little Ms. Crate Kickstarter Backer. Same print as the $50 reward, but this will arrive already mounted.

    These will never be produced again!

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    Pledge $134 or more About $134

    3 MONTH SUBSCRIPTION

    3 monthly Little Ms. Crates for your favorite little girl, beginning approximately March 2016.

    Note that this will not arrive in time for 2015 holidays. Check to see if there are any HAPPY CHANUKAH or MERRY CHRISTMAS rewards still available, if that's what you need.

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    Pledge $159 or more About $159

    INSIDER EXCLUSIVE: 6 MONTH SUBSCRIPTION

    Lock in our lowest pricing for the longest subscription term available. Quantities are very limited — just for our Insiders and earliest backers. The standard 6 month reward is $100 more! HURRY!

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    Pledge $259 or more About $259

    6 MONTH SUBSCRIPTION

    6 monthly Little Ms. Crates for your favorite little girl, beginning approximately March 2016.

    Note that this will not arrive in time for 2015 holidays. Check to see if there are any HAPPY CHANUKAH or MERRY CHRISTMAS rewards still available, if that's what you need.

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    LITTLE MS. ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

    Your favorite little girl becomes an official member of the Little Ms. Crate Advisory board. She'll receive a limited edition Little Ms. Advisory Board Member crate that introduces her to the role of a business advisor, quarterly reports, and opportunities to cast her vote to steer the direction of the Little Ms. Crate product roadmap!

    She'll get an insider's view into the building of a business!

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Funding period

- (30 days)