The table is organized into four sections:
- Digital Tool
- Basic Information
- Cost Factors
- Content Delivery
Each of these sections is described below. Some information in the table is presented using icons to give users quick and accessible information.
Tool Name, Description, and Location/Source
This section provides the name of the tool, a brief description of the tool, and where to download the tool. The description includes the type of digital tool. This is important to know, since mobile apps run on smartphones or tablets, and text services require a phone with text messaging.
Ages of Children
In this section, find out which age is most appropriate for the information offered by the tool.
- P to 1 Prenatal to 1 year old
- P to 2 Prenatal to 2 years old
- P to 5 Prenatal to 5 years old
- 0 to 3 Newborn to 3 years old
- 0 to 5 Newborn to 5 years old
- 0 to 6 Newborn to 6 years old
- 0 to 8 Newborn to 8 years old
English Reading Level
This section describes the main language, reading level, and other languages in which the information is available to the user. For text in English, the tool delivers text at the listed grade level (as tested with the Flesch-Kincaid algorithm). Reading levels were calculated by using text samples from each tool. The reading levels are for grade levels for U.S. schools.
Cost After Free Sign-up or Download
Explore the cost of using the tool after a free sign-up or download. The tool must be free for sign-up or download to be included in the table. Some tools have optional fees to access all content. The fee or cost may be paid by a family, agency, group, or school. An example would be when school districts pay for all community members to use all the information in a tool.
Daily Data Usage
In this section, learn about the data requirements to use the tool.
|The check mark means that the tool requires an Internet connection (via cellular data or Wi-Fi) to get new tips or activities.|
|The phone icon means that users may need to pay for text messages.|
|The "none" icon means that the tool can be used without an Internet connection (except for general updates after downloading an app or starting to use a text service).|
Areas of Customized Content
Find out about the ability of the tool to be customized based on user preferences. Family members (or groups working with families) can tailor some of the digital tools to their preferences.
|Age groups||Tool offers broad age categories.|
|Age match||Tool matches tips to a child's date of birth automatically.|
|Agency add-ons||Tool works with an agency to add specific activities, functions, tips, or topics.|
|Choice of topics||Tool offers different topics within a library or catalog.|
|Log||Tool lets users save activities after finishing and/or liking them.|
|Notification||Tool gives users a choice of when to receive information.|
|Photos||Tool lets users add photos of a child or an activity.|
|Skill level||Tool prompts parents to review their child's specific skill level.|
This section describes who or what advised the development of content that is delivered to users. Developers consulted a variety of people and sources to get ideas for tips and activities.
|Clinicians||Medical or mental health professionals|
|Educators||Teachers and other education professionals|
|Experts||People with established knowledge about child development|
|Learning Standards||State or organization standards|
|Parents||Input from focus groups, survey responses, or advisory board members|
|Research Findings||Studies of education or child development|
Materials Needed for Activities
Learn the four types of materials needed for activities:
|Type of Material||Description|
|None||No materials are needed|
|Craft Materials||Materials such as glue, paper, tape|
|Household Items||Materials such as food, clothing, books, or other objects typically used by family members|
|Toys||Materials such as purchased dolls or puzzles, sometimes with a specific make or model|
Delivery of Information
This section describes the two main ways that tools deliver information:
|Pulled by parent||Parents (or other users) choose information by opening an app and/or clicking on an activity.|
|Pushed by tool||The tool sends information, such as via text or an app notification.|
Duration of Information Cycle
In this section, find out about the length of time during which the information will be delivered to the user. The word "cycle" is used to describe how long new information is delivered. For example, a "three-year" cycle has new tips across three years.
Learn about the ways that tools present information, including the format and style.
Sharing of Information
This section describes the communication method used by the tool and the user.
|One Way||The tool sends information to users.|
|User Feedback||The tool asks for feedback from users.|
|Two Way||The user and the tool communicate or exchange information.|
Last Updated: September 7, 2018