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[liberationtech] LibTech Seminar Series Kickoff: Effects of an Early Literacy Text Messaging Program for Parents of Preschoolers

Christian Ollano chriseo9 at
Wed Jan 7 16:48:07 PST 2015

Dear Stanford students and community members,

Join us as we kick off this winter quarter's LibTech seminar series 
TOMORROW (Thursday) with Susanna Loeb, co-director of Policy Analysis 
for California Education and Barnett Family Professor of Education at 
Stanford. Our seminars occur every Thursday at 4:30 PM at the School of 
Education building in room 206. For a complete listing of LibTech 
seminars scheduled for the quarter, see here 

*CDDRL's **Program on Liberation Technology 
One Step at a Time:
*The Effects of an Early Literacy Text Messaging Program *
*for Parents of Preschoolers
*Susanna Loeb*
Barnett Family Professor of Education, Stanford University
Faculty Director, Center for Education Policy Analysis
Co-Director, Policy Analysis for California Education
4:30 - 6:00 PM
School of Education BLDG
Room 206*

*This talk is part of the 2015 Liberation Technology Winter Quarter 
Seminar Series 


Substantial systematic differences exist in children’s home learning 
experiences. The few existing parenting programs that have shown promise 
often are not widely accessible, either due to the demands they place on 
parents’ time and effort or cost. In this study, we evaluate the effects 
of READY4K!, a text messaging program for parents of preschoolers 
designed to help them support their children’s literacy development. The 
program targets the behavioral barriers to good parenting by breaking 
down the complexity of parenting into small steps that are 
easy-to-achieve and providing continuous support for an entire school 
year. We find that READY4K! positively affected the extent to which 
parents engaged in home literacy activities with their children by 0.22 
to 0.34 standard deviations, as well as parental involvement at school 
by 0.13 to 0.19 standard deviations. Increases in parental activity at 
home and school translated into student learning gains in some areas of 
early literacy, ranging from approximately 0.21 to 0.34 standard 
deviations. The widespread use, low cost, and ease of scalability of 
text messaging make texting an attractive approach to supporting 
parenting practices.

Christian E. Ollano
Communications and Program Associate
Center on Democracy, Development, and The Rule of Law (CDDRL)
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Stanford University
christian.ollano at

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