Data-Driven Family Engagement Tools for Head Start and State Preschools

Learning Genie is an app for ECE educators and family service workers for Distant Learning and Family Engagement including tracking in-kind. During the COVID-19 crisis, Learning Genie offers free tools till the end of 2020 under a grant (or in-kind) to support all ECE agencies for Distance Learning and track school readiness outcomes.


Learning Genie also provides a useful application for portfolio-building. The portfolio tracking and tagging systems could be readily applied to DRDP 2015, Florida VPK, Head Start (HS), Early Head Start (EHS), Montessori, and other state or private-backed assessment tools.

Success Story

Head Start Child & Family Development Program - Nebraska

Head Start C&FDP, Inc. serves both Head Start and Early Head Start families across 6 counties. The center-based Head Start program and the home-based Early Head Start program both serve low-income and high-risk families from a diversity of cultures and languages. They believe that “Head Start is the national commitment to give every vulnerable child an opportunity to succeed.”

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Family Engagement Goals

Family Engagement Challenges

Head Start C&FDP wanted to create a Facebook page for each classroom to share pictures of their children in play and classroom activities, but they realized that Facebook didn’t have proper privacy credentials. Learning Genie’s privacy compliance was the perfect solution for them. They also wanted to increase and modernize engagement with the families in their program, especially with non-English speaking families.

With our program, they have the capability to reach ALL of their families safely and securely through our mobile app. Families can receive events, reminders, pictures of their children, and more–all of which can be translated into 104 languages. The staff and families can also have a direct way to communicate with one another about updates on their children and anything that needs to be communicated immediately through our auto-translated 2-way messaging. Everything is received on the families’ phones through the Learning Genie app, which is not tied to specific phone numbers or specific mobile devices.


Privacy-secure picture sharing

Our software is safe, secure, and compliant! We are certified by iKeepSafe as being compliant with FERPA and SOPIPA, and we adhere to all U.S. local, state, and federal laws that govern student data.

Modernized Engagement

184 of their 284 children have at least one family member signed up, which equates to about 67% of their families. Between February and March, an average of about 200 parents logged into the app each month to get updates about their child. This is more than 1 parent per child!

Increased literacy

Through the Learning Genie video-book feature, families read 97 books, which contributed to more than 10 hours of in-kind. This demonstrates that families are becoming comfortable and excited about receiving these resources. 19.6% of the time spent reading was by father figures.


Family Engagement Dashboard

Here is a screenshot of their agency’s family engagement dashboard, where administrators can see which engagement items are resonating well with families, and where to improve.

“We love Learning Genie, it has been a great tool in helping us engage with our families. They love the pictures and videos of their child.”

“It has made communication easier and more reliable.”

- Niki Gemar, Family Engagement Specialist 402-469-4043 (cell) or 402-462-4187 (ext 153)

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