Child Development Research
One of the most important developmental jobs in early childhood is to learn self-regulation: the ability to manage emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively. When kids do this, it’s easier for them to learn, feel happy, and enjoy healthy relationships. Self-regulation is a foundation for kindergarten readiness, yet the video-based, non-stop stimulation world we live in makes it more and more difficult for kids to learn these essential skills.
What we know from current research in child development is that children need repeated, carefully selected experiences to develop healthy behaviors. The less socialized world we live in today makes it difficult to provide the same opportunities for this to occur as it used to. FocusedKids™ provides a framework for “focusing” on this learning.
Through observation and survey feedback from teachers and parents, we know that FocusedKids™ is working as a tool to teach kids how to self-regulate, positively impacting the targets we have identified in our Theory of Change. The formal research process is cumbersome and time-consuming, and we believe that to impose study of this nature would not only exhaust our teachers and parents, but also would disrupt and even compromise the effectiveness of FocusedKids™.
As a result, we have developed an evaluation plan together with the Frontiers of Innovation project. This approach allows us to complete short iteration studies on components of our program to discover for whom it works, in what situations, and for whom it does not work in what situations. Using this model, our goal is to continue to develop and modify our program so that it benefits the most children without burdening teachers and parents.