The kidappolis family app is LitLab’s existing mobile portal sourcing the top free bilingual learning resources for children, aged 2-10. Kidappolis uses frequent mini assessments to understand each child’s needs, measuring improvement against age-appropriate benchmarks. We track usage and provide personalized learning plans to improve skill gaps and accelerate academic success, targeting the specific needs of emergent bilingual and low-income individuals. Families receive easy to understand on- and offline activities via SMS/text message that extend learning beyond the screen.
Kidappolis Communities provides LitLab mobile tools along with necessary family support services, across targeted local partner agencies, family centers, and medical offices. Families receive free books and activity prompts upon visiting partner locations, along with free kidappolis mobile app access. Community agencies gain remote direct access to their clients, sharing local resources/services through kidappolis SMS/text message delivery. Parents gain awareness of/access to local support services in a timely, convenient, and safe way, building increased utilization of resources. By activating networks of support providers, local agencies become a tight web of safety, supporting traditionally at-risk under-served families. As partners engage with clients via LitLab tools, their client base and our impact grow.
LitLab programs originally aimed only to foster academic skill development. In 2018, we pivoted to do so while removing the barriers that keep families in the poverty cycle. Now, during the time of COVID-19, the kidappolis mobile app is once again pivoting to provide vital home learning to low-income families that may not have home internet, devices, or printers. Parents access kidappolis on their mobile phones in their home language. We send SMS/text messages about skill development, safety, ways to provide for key family needs, emergency information, resources, and live/virtual events, all by location to target providing families with local support. Families receiving such resources stabilize and our partner agencies reach a broader range of clients. Our objective is to empower all parents to make use of available resources to increase their stability, giving them more bandwidth to partner with their children in academic skill growth.
But the world has changed significantly with this COVID-19 pandemic. LitLab is pivoting again, even further, to partner more closely with teachers in bridging the gap between the classroom and low-income, bilingual parents. Many low-income families are not connected at home or lack personal devices. Most online learning options are in English only. Kidappolis is one of the only options available that helps to bridge the academic divide between the haves and have nots. With this next step, we aim to maximize kidappolis effectiveness for at-home learning and as a quality content source for skill development, while reinforcing bonding in celebration of co-learning and interactivity. In partnership with the Teachers Guild and Ravenswood School District in East Palo Alto, we will explore kidappolis as an opportunity for a user-centered, parent-centered, teacher-centered tool connecting low-income and bilingual families to a future forward learning system that fully supports children in academic skill growth, and parents in academic partnership, no matter where families learn.