Leveraging Mobile Technology for Early Childhood Development

Leveraging Mobile Technology for Early Childhood Development

14 Mar 2017, 10:00 - 11:00

Dark Room


Being read to regularly at an early age can mitigate some of the effects of poverty on learning outcomes. Regular reading to children using storybooks and read alouds help give parents the tools to improve their child’s language development and early reading successes.  Such parental investment in reading has been shown to positively influence the ability to learn to read in early primary school . In this sense, reading to children is a great equaliser and can level the learning playing field for children in poverty.

With this research in mind, Worldreader partnered with Pearson through Project Literacy to  launch the Read to Kids pilot program in Delhi, India, with the aim of getting more parents reading to their children. In India, a country seeking to foster more equitable education outcomes for all children, early intervention that involves parents is critical in promoting improved learning outcomes.

The two-year pilot program promotes reading to children by providing high-quality Hindi and English digital books via the Read to Kids App available on any data enabled device.  This pilot aims to establish an evidence base that links the adoption and use of a digital children’s  library  - in a country with increasing mobile phone coverage and usage even among the poor - with the ultimate goal of improving children’s language development and set the foundation for their future education journey. 

Reading to children is not common in poorer neighbourhoods of Delhi, but India has a long rich history of storytelling. Read to Kids builds off of this love of storytelling and connects it to reading to children.  



  • Emilie Colker


    Vice President, Social Impact & Global Campaigns


    Over the past 15 years, Emilie has held a variety of global marketing and communications roles focused on transforming and driving growth for brands...

  • Annya Crane


    Project Manager Read to Kids


    Annya Crane is the Program Manager for Read to Kids in India. She's responsible for managing all aspects of the program including involving key...

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