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Common Challenges, Varied Solutions

by Sarah Vaala, Ph.D.
July 20, 2017

Earlier this spring, I had dinner with some new friends who, like my husband and me, are parents of a toddler. Between bites of guacamole, I briefly described the nature of our ongoing research at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center regarding children’s educational apps—and a common interest was ignited. We … 







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Publications

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QuickReport: Discovering Kids’ Apps: Do Family Strategies Vary by Income?

by Elisabeth McClure, Sarah Vaala, and Tamara Spiewak Toub

Almost all young children today have access to mobile devices, regardless of family income. So while the question of whether they have access to digital media  is becoming less pressing, researchers are turning their focus to developmentally appropriate use of mobile apps, and to understanding how children gain access to … 







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Initiatives

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The App Fairy Podcast

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center is a proud to support the App Fairy, an original podcast featuring meet-the-author style interviews with top-quality children’s app makers. Created and hosted by children’s librarian Carissa Christner of the Madison Public Library, each App Fairy episode includes behind-the-scenes details about the app development process and research-based tips for using … 







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Events

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National Summer Learning Association National Conference

23 - 25 Oct 2017 | Phoenix, AZ

Research confirms summer as one of the most inequitable times of the year for millions of young people in America and this year’s theme, We’ve Got the Power!, captures the critical work underway to change that. We’ve Got the Power! calls upon our collective will and the leadership of legions … 







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