Kathleen Costanza looks at research studies that address the word gap study by Betty Hart and Todd Risley and examines the impact of sending text messages to parents to build their children’s early literacy development in the Fred Rogers Center blog post “Parents Boost Their Preschoolers’ Literacy Skills With Texted Tips.” According to two separate research studies conducted by Stanford University and Northwestern University, text messages with literacy-related activities increase the amount of time parents spend performing these activities with their children, which in turn enhance their children’s literacy skills.
In the post, Kathleen also points out that “although different approaches have been tried for years to help parents keep up habits that build literacy skills, the accessibility of texting is a significant plus. The results also validate that parents across the income spectrum want to help their kids succeed. The word gap, in other words, is not because of a lack of parents’ caring or apathy. The results show that parents need only a little help learning how to teach their kids to build literacy skills.”