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Harnessing Technology

A review of digital tools supporting parents and the early childhood workforce.


Digital tools have become increasingly prevalent in supporting early childhood development (ECD) globally. This report offers insight into the current technology-enabled tools designed to support the parents, caregivers, and the early childhood workforce of children ages 0 to 5 worldwide. The report focuses on their features, objectives, and current practices, as well as key success factors, and design, implementation, and dissemination challenges. Drawing from a desk review of peer-reviewed and gray literature and key informant interviews with tool developers and experts, the report also includes four thematic case studies on partnership, adaptation, user engagement, and monitoring and evaluation, and an interactive database showcasing 23 unique digital tools.

By strategically partnering with developers of tools that improve child, caregiver, or parental well being, governments can extend their reach.

This research was undertaken on behalf of the Foundation by Results for Development.

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