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.
Improving Early Childhood Development Outcomes in Times of COVID-19: Experimental Evidence on Parental Networks and SMS Messages
February 02, 2022