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Research Briefs·Feb 23, 2024

Making a Song and Dance About It: The Effectiveness of Teaching Children Vocabulary with Animated Music Videos

Ariel Kalil, Susan Mayer, Philip Oreopoulos and Rohen Shah
Big Word Club, a digital vocabulary learning program, increases students’ knowledge and retention of words included in the program.
Topics: Early Childhood Education
Podcast Feb 20, 2024

Closing the Achievement Gap: Is There an App for That?

Tess Vigeland and Ariel Kalil
Children whose parents have college degrees are often more skilled readers than children whose parents didn’t attend college. In this...
Topics: Early Childhood Education, Technology & Innovation
Research Briefs·Apr 11, 2023

Boosting Parent-Child Math Engagement and Preschool Children’s Math Skills: Evidence from an RCT with Low-Income Families

Susan E. Mayer, Ariel Kalil, William Delgado, Haoxuan Liu, Derek Rury and Rohen Shah
Information alone is insufficient for increasing low-income children’s math test skills or parental engagement in math activities. The provision of...
Topics: Early Childhood Education
Research Briefs·Jan 19, 2023

Nudging or Nagging? Conflicting Effects of Behavioral Tools

Ariel Kalil, Haoxuan Liu, Susan Mayer, Derek Rury and Rohen Shah
Goal-setting messages led to an increase in parent reading time but had no effect on literacy skills, while reminder messages...
Topics: Early Childhood Education
Research Briefs·Oct 28, 2022

Parenting Promotes Social Mobility Within and Across Generations

James Heckman and Jorge Luis García
While most approaches to early childhood development (ECD) programs focus on finding the “best program” to implement, this paper focuses...
Topics: Early Childhood Education
Research Briefs·Jul 21, 2022

Engaging Parents with Preschools: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Ariel Kalil, Susan Mayer and Rohen Shah
Parents who received financial incentives and text message reminders were 28% more likely to attend a preschool event; the same...
Topics: Early Childhood Education
Research Briefs·Jun 23, 2022

Scarcity and Inattention

Ariel Kalil, Susan Mayer and Rohen Shah
When parents struggle financially or experience loneliness (financial and social connections scarcity), their attention to other responsibilities drops significantly, often...
Topics: Early Childhood Education
Research Briefs·Nov 2, 2021

It All Starts with Beliefs: Addressing The Roots of Educational Inequities by Shifting Parental Beliefs

John List, Julie Pernaudet and Dana Suskind
Influencing parental beliefs about child development can be an important pathway to raising parental investments and reducing socioeconomic gaps in...
Topics: Early Childhood Education
Research Briefs·Apr 12, 2021

What We Teach About Race and Gender: Representation in Images and Text of Children’s Books

Anjali Adukia, Alex Eble, Emileigh Harrison, Hakizumwami Birali Runesha and Teodora Szasz
Educators and caregivers are generally thoughtful about choosing books to read to their young children, or when selecting books for...
Topics: Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education