Beginning with Babble is LEAP’s mobile app for parents and caregivers with children from zero to four years old. The app reminds caregivers to interact with their children through a variety of developmentally appropriate stimuli and ideas.
Beginning with Babble is LEAP’s mobile app for parents and caregivers with children ages zero to five-years-old. Through a suite of developmentally appropriate stimuli and ideas, parents and caregivers are prompted with ways they can interact with their infants and toddlers. With written tips, audio prompts, and demonstrative videos, Beginning with Babble guides parents and caregivers to facilitate language-rich, back-and- forth interactions with their children during everyday activities.
Throughout the day, the Beginning with Babble mobile app will send chimed notifications to the user’s device sharing short, effective tips that are rooted in research-based language activities.
Beginning with Babble encourages parents and caregivers to engage with their children in a meaningful, target-driven way that simultaneously builds pre-literacy skills and kindergarten readiness. This aligns with LEAP’s goal to facilitate meaningful, language-centered interactions over the first five years of a child’s life in order to build strong language foundations and habits in all homes.
With the assistance of organizations such as My Very Own Library and many others, the Beginning with Babble app has enormous potential to reach thousands of families and their children across the country — building the foundation for skill development that ultimately leads to success in the classroom.
The app’s tips are interactive – parents and caregivers are able to vote on each tip they receive. By selecting a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” on each tip, parents and caregivers give feedback to the app about which tips they find helpful. With this information, LEAP is able to determine which tips are most effective and create similar ones based on user feedback. LEAP has developed an algorithm so the app will self-adjust notifications to be sent during windows of time that are consistent with users’ past patterns of engagement.
And when first downloading Beginning with Babble, by entering the child’s birthday into the app, the app determine the approximate developmental stage of the child. As a child grows, the app will self-calculate the child’s age and adjust the tips accordingly!