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(York & Loeb, 2014) One step at a time: The effects of an early literacy text messaging program for parents of preschoolers
The home learning experiences of young children vary dramatically. Hart and Risley (1995), for example, finds that by the age of four, poor children hear about 30 million fewer words than wealthy children. Such disparities are troubling given the strong links between parenting and children's development of motor, social, emotional, literacy, and numeracy skills (e.g., Anderson, 2006). Many parenting programs aren't widely accessible either due to costs or the demands that they place on parents' time and effort (e.g., Aos, Lieb, Mayfield, Miller & Pennucci, 2004). In this study, we evaluate the effectiveness of READY4K!, a home literacy-focused text messaging program for parents of preschoolers. READY4K! is designed to break down the complexity of supportive parenting by continuously providing parents with small bits of actionable information throughout the school year. We find that the program had positive effects on parental involvement at home and in school, which translated into two to three months of child literacy gains (click “View PDF” to download the full paper).
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