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Supporting Language Development through a Texting Program: Initial Results from Denmark

Susanna Loeb, Michala Iben Riis-Vestergaard and Marianne Simonsen ()
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Susanna Loeb: Center for Education Policy Analysis, Stanford
Michala Iben Riis-Vestergaard: Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, MIT
Marianne Simonsen: Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University, Postal: Fuglesangs Alle 4, DK-8210 Aarhus V, Denmark

Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University

Abstract: This paper presents the results from a large-scale family-level randomized controlled trial evaluation of a texting program, TipsbyText, which had as its primary goal to enhance child language development through supporting parents and caregivers in creating playful, language stimulating activities. The program was delivered to parents of children aged 3-6 in Danish preschools and the evaluation combines the data from the randomized controlled trial with population-level register-based data. We measure outcomes immediately after program delivery and at one-year follow-up. While the program was generally well liked by parents and delivered as intended with relatively low dropout, TipsByText did not affect children’s language development, neither for the full sample, nor for any pre-defined subgroups. We discuss possible reasons for the lack of positive effects.

Keywords: Text messages; randomized trial; language development; children (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 54
Date: 2023-01-24
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