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

Stuckey Family Interfaith Child Development Center

Stuckey Family Interfaith CDC is a suburban/rural agency in eastern Ohio. They are a 5 Star Step Up To Quality rated center comprised of a variety of programs, including privately funded, state funded, Early Head Start, and Stuckey Endowment programs.

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Their Success

How did they do?

In order to get all the families on board initially, staff held a meeting with all the families, where they demoed the program, handed out individual parent codes, and supported families with downloading the app and creating accounts. The teachers then followed up with any families who did not sign up, and supported them individually.

Beth believes that the success of Learning Genie at their agency has to do with the awesome attitudes that teachers had when trying new technology. They weren’t afraid to play around and experiment, and they were rewarded with innovative family engagement!

“The success of this pilot program is due to the investment of the teachers in making sure the parents were comfortable with the app"

Beth McIntyre, Director

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