Family Engagement

Organization of the Tables

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.

Digital Tool

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.

Basic Information

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 Factors

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.

Symbol Description
Checkmark symbol The check mark means that the tool requires an Internet connection (via cellular data or Wi-Fi) to get new tips or activities.
Telephone handset symbol The phone icon means that users may need to pay for text messages.
circle with diagonal line through it 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).

Content Delivery

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.

Areas Description
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.


Content Advisors

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.

Advisors Description
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:

Delivery Method Description
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.

Presentation Mode

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.

Method Description
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.