Past Projects

Prompting Parent Engagement with Text Messages

We assessed whether a service that delivered parenting tips via text message could prompt mothers and fathers of children enrolled in Head Start to engage in more learning activities with their 0- to 5-year-old children (N ≈ 300). Parents liked the texting service and reported engaging children in many learning activities. We believe delivering some educational content via cell phone may allow intervention service providers to consistently reach a greater number of parents in a way that is enjoyable and convenient for parents and cost-efficient for programs.

Media Technology at Home and the Role of Parents

The Center on Media and Human Development conducted a nationally representative survey of parents of children ages 0 to 8-years old.  The “Parenting in the Age of Digital Technology” report was released in June 2013 at the Parenting in the Age of Digital Technology conference held in Washington, DC.

Race & Media Use

The Center on Media and Human Development was launched in June 2011 with the release of a report titled “Children, Media, and Race: Media Use Among White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian American Children” which was presented at the Lambert Family Communication Conference: Children, Media, and Race: Exploring the Implications of Racial and Ethnic Differences in Media Use Among Children and Youth.

Quality Media for Young Children

As part of an initiative started by the Fred Rogers Center, the Center on Media and Human Development is working to aid in the creation of quality media for young children framework.