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.
Friendly & Supportive Platform
Reflective Lesson Planning
Seamlessly Integrated with LEA’s SIS

Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Programs

  • The California Department of Education recently released of funding information towards the historic UPK initiatives.
  • We have compiled the key information about each of the funding opportunities and a brief summary of some ideas of how Learning Genie can support you with these funding requirements.
  • We hope you find the information and resources helpful as you plan and implement the UPK program.
  • Please note that this is a living, breathing document that will be updated as new information is available from the CDE. Any questions in the meantime? Just reach out, and we’ll assist in any way possible!

Learning Genie Early Learning Platform Overview

Whole-Child Approach, Connecting UTK, CSPP, ELO programs as well as CBO and SpecialEd under one child developmental profile and one assessment.

  • Learning Genie is seamlessly integrated with LEA’s Student Information System (SIS), enabling LEA’s UTK program, CSPP program, ELO program, as well as SpecialEd inclusive programs to collaborate seamlessly on one child’s developmental portfolios and assessment, and submit one combined child assessment report back to the districts’ data system for integrated data analysis.
  • This unique solution will support continuous education and collaboration across multiple programs to provide full-day learning programs (9 hours of education) under the new UTK requirement in one system with one child progress report card.

UPK/UTK lesson planning, instruction and reflection platform aligned with California Preschool Learning Foundation and Preschool Curriculum Frameworks

  • The platform enables Preschool and UTK teachers to share age-appropriate lessons and activities from original creation or existing resources/curriculum. In this platform, resources are pre-aligned with CA preschool foundation DRDP as well as CCSS.

  • The built-in ‘observe’, ‘reflect’, ‘plan’, ‘implement’ logic (cycle of inquiry) and auto-generated child’s development progress report will guide teachers to conduct more intentional teaching and focus on individualized plans for each child.

UPK/UTK approved DRDP-Assessment Platform

  • CDE approved portfolio and assessment platform to support State preschools, UTK and Kindergarten child assessment.

  • Directly connect with SIS for roster and gradebook, directly connect with state system DRDPonline to generate authentic domain scores for child progress report cards and school readiness assessment.

Dual Language Immersion Tools to power monolingual teacher to partner with parents to create multi-language environment for all DLL kids

  • Enable LEA to meet AB1363 mandates for dual language learners at a significantly reduced cost.

  • The tool will support monolingual teachers to conduct multi-language vocabulary lessons and maximally enables parents to support children’s home language and English development.

  • The tool also translates report cards and DLL teaching instructions to families. The data dashboard will support LEA to meet AB1363 and CDE’s reporting requirements.

Built-in Professional Development Support for CTC Teacher Residential Program

    • The platform enables admin to share LIVE observation, reflection and lesson planning pages from model teachers (mentors) to all other teachers, especially residency teachers or teachers who are new to early learning.


  • It can be viewed as a ‘virtual shadowing’. Coaches could give comments to teachers under training, and facilitate high quality PLC meetings to help teachers grow significantly faster and reach quality teaching faster.

The comprehensive dashboard will enable directors to generate formative reports for continuous quality improvement such as PDSA meetings. It will also facilitate summative reports for board meetings and annual reports.

The comprehensive dashboard will enable directors to generate formative reports for continuous quality improvement such as PDSA meetings. It will also facilitate summative reports for board meetings and annual reports.

Evidence-based Portfolio & Assessment Module

  • This module enables easy collection and tracking of child assessment data including child observation notes with evidence, auto-generation of digital portfolios, assessment ratings, progress tracking, and class planning for group and individualized instruction.

  • It also includes a Dashboard for monitoring assessment quality and progress.

Reflective Planning Module

  • This module provides a rich library of age and developmentally-appropriate Lesson Plan activities, aligned with the State Preschool Foundation (California, Illinois, Missouri, and many more).

  • Agencies can build and customize agency-wide lesson plan libraries and share them among teachers.

  • The interactive weekly lesson planner enables teachers to plan group and individualized lessons linked to assessment and child development insights.

  • Lesson plans can be shared among teachers, creating a “virtually shadowing” opportunity for new teachers to learn the planning process from model teachers.