Text to Talk is a research project focused on school-home communication and young children’s vocabulary.

Funded by the William Penn Foundation and sponsored by the School District of Philadelphia, Text to Talk is a three-year project focused on improving our understanding of how early childhood educators communicate with families, and how modern forms of communications such as apps, texting, and email might foster family-school coordination, and ultimately children’s kindergarten readiness.

During the pilot years of this project, the Text to Talk team worked with SDP teachers, parents, and administrators to develop and test intervention materials. During the 2017-18 school year, the program was evaluated with a classroom-level RCT.

Our early findings suggested that many teachers and families are enthusiastic about using texting and view texting as a tool to further family-school engagement and communication and to enhance child outcomes. Read here for more of our early findings. Read here for an interview by Ed Week about the project.

For more information, please contact the Project Director, Emily Snell or co-PIs, Barbara Wasik or Annemarie Hindman. More information about our lab can be found at our Early Learning Lab website.