Category Archives: Literacy by 10

Unlikely Ally: How ‘Orange is the New Black’ is Promoting Early Literacy

by Barbara Ray
November 26, 2014

It’s hard to imagine that script writers of “Criminal Minds,” a CBS TV drama about psychopaths, would include a storyline about the importance of reading and singing to your child. But that’s exactly what they are doing with the help of Too Small to Fail. As part of the Seeding … 







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At the White House: Mapping Innovations to Bridge the Word Gap

by Lisa Guernsey
October 16, 2014

The conversation on reducing the “word gap” in early childhood has reached new heights: Today the White House Office on Science and Technology is hosting a group of policymakers, researchers, and early childhood advocates to exchange ideas on how to help foster language development. The event is titled “Federal, State … 







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What’s in Store Today: A Snapshot of Kids’ Language and Literacy Apps (Part 2)

by Anna Ly
October 2, 2014

About a month ago, we released a sneak preview of the literacy app analysis that we’re conducting with New America to discover more about the apps that families and educators are using to help children learn to read and communicate. As part of this preview, we provided a quick summary … 







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More than E-book vs. Print: The Concept of ‘Media Mentors’

by Lisa Guernsey
September 4, 2014

This summer, the School Library Journal stoked a debate long simmering in libraryland. Print books or ebooks: Which are better for helping children learn to read? Children’s librarians have strong opinions on the subject, as shown in essays published last week with battling headlines. In one corner of the ring: … 







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What’s in Store Today: A Snapshot of Kids’ Language and Literacy Apps (Part 1)

by Anna Ly
August 15, 2014

Apps for social communication, learning, and play are a prominent part of nearly every family’s life today. Are they having a similar impact on how families and educators help their children learn to read? And if so, what kinds of apps are they using? As part of Seeding Reading: Investing … 







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What New Technologies Could Mean for Home Visiting and Early Literacy

by Lisa Guernsey
August 5, 2014

It may sound strange to put the word “technology” in the same sentence as home-visiting programs for mothers, infants, and toddlers, but over the past few years, many of these early childhood programs have started using new forms of multimedia and digital tools to engage parents. Their success could open … 







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Using a Digital Recording Device to Encourage Talk with Children

by Maureen Kelleher
July 22, 2014

LENA technology is helping researchers and low-income parents better understand how adult-child conversation affects language and literacy. Recent efforts to reduce the “word gap” between affluent and low-income families in Providence, Rhode Island, and Chicago have garnered high-profile headlines and big bucks. Much of the media attention has focused on … 







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Kids Need Truly Interactive Experiences

by Jason Boog
July 15, 2014

“Interactive” is one of the most overused words in the 21st Century, a label attached to thousands of digital devices, apps and TV shows for kids. Interactive tablet apps will read a book to your kid and interactive cartoon characters will invite your kid to dance during a TV show. … 







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Q-and-A with Alexis Lauricella on Parenting Texts and Language Development

by Barbara Ray
July 14, 2014

Can text messages to low-income parents help close the word gap? It’s not an idle question. Last month, the advocacy group Too Small to Fail announced plans to experiment with text messages to parents in a new partnership with Kaiser Permanente, Sesame Workshop,* and Text4Baby. In a recent blog post for Seeding Reading we reported … 







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Parent Voices: Doubts, then Excitement on Texts to Promote Literacy

by Heidi Moore
July 14, 2014

When Alexiss Evans enrolled in the Ounce of Prevention Fund’s Parent University literacy program, she did so because she believed in the organization and because she wanted to give her daughter every possible opportunity to learn. “I’m one of those parents who, if [the Ounce says] something, I’ll do it,” she … 







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