Lessons and Impacts of a Children’s Media Program: A Randomized Controlled Trial Looking at Emotional and Math Skills of Venezuelan and Colombian Children in Colombia

This study, led by Global TIES for Children at New York University, is a causal impact evaluation of a mass-media program delivering social-emotional learning (SEL) and math content to children via WhatsApp on the mobile phones of their caregivers. The program, Watch, Play, Learn (WPL), consists of videos produced by Sesame Workshop that aim to bring playful early learning opportunities to children, especially those affected by conflict and crisis. This study focused on the effects of WPL math and social-emotional skills content delivered to Venezuelan migrants and Colombian children living in communities in Colombia where families and children face challenges in accessing essential services, including early education. Implementation was led by the Colombia office of Innovations for Poverty Action. 

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New York University (NYU)


Levels of Learning - Early Childhood Development
Numeracy and Mathematics
Research and Evidence
Social and Emotional Learning

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