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A Dual-Generation Strategy: Using Technology to Support Learning for Children and for Families

In this paper, Foundation for Child Development Young Scholar, Ariel Kalil finds that recent advances in technology and innovation hold great promise for promoting dual-generational educational skills. Technological solutions can potentially solve problems identified in past interventions, including problems associated with cost-effectiveness, take-up and retention, program intensity, quality and content of instruction, and parent-child interaction. Most importantly, new technology-based approaches hold the potential to increase within-family synergies that reinforce educational motivation, persistence, and interest of both parents and children. Harnessing these opportunities offers the promise of improving the educational outcomes of America’s low-income children and their families.