This paper describes a policy experiment implemented in Costa Rica to increase learning during the  COVID - 19  pandemic . The  experiment provided parents  of preschool  student s with  text  message s to support their children’s learning at home. A fter 15 weeks of intervention, the cognitive skills of children whose  parents  received  the text  messages rose 0.11 – 0.12  standard  deviations. An increase in parental involvement through the proposed activities drove the e ffect. N o evidence was found that information is transferred within parental networks. 

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February 02, 2022