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April 13, 2020

Introducing ParentPal: A Personal Parenting Coach


Now more than ever, families are supporting their children’s development and learning at home. We know that learning occurs when play, bonding, and fun is prioritized. Supporting you during these unprecedented times is our top priority. Over the last few weeks, we’ve shared many developmentally appropriate resources to help you engage young learners in your community while they are away from the classroom. We are excited to share another tool to directly support the families you serve. Our new smartphone app, ParentPal™, is now available.  We are waiving all subscription fees through June 30, 2020. 

ParentPal™ is an all-in-one personal parenting coach, offering tools to take the guesswork out of parenting, helping families nurture their children to thrive socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively. ParentPal™ provides families a daily roadmap to follow each day that promotes active, joyful engagement and developmentally appropriate progress through key developmental milestones from birth through age 3, with additional activities and support, such as Mighty Minutes® activities, through age 5. It also provides easy-to-use tracking tools, data capture, personal trends, and one-handed usability.

We created ParentPal™ to help families engage effectively with their children from the day of birth through pre-K and kindergarten. This mobile parenting app will replace the frantic Google searches and prevent families from worrying about what’s “normal” and what to do next by offering daily research-based guidance that supports each child’s progress towards developmentally appropriate milestones.

The app includes the following features:

  • Daily recommended routines and experiences for each child
  • Daily diary to track progress and events
  • Milestone tracking
  • Sleep, health, and growth tracking
  • Library of 2000+ research-based activities, milestones, and content
  • Direct access to Mighty Minutes® from The Creative Curriculum®
  • WeeSchool™, an optional, structured curricular program
  • Virtual memory books
  • Full support from birth to age 3 and additional content and activities for children up to age 5 

 


We invite you to share this new tool with the families you serve and look forward to hearing your feedback.

 

 


While this is a difficult time in our country, our passion for helping our youngest learners and supporting our partners in early childhood education has never been stronger.  We encourage you to share this new mobile parenting app with your families.

Additional Background:

ParentPal™ was created by Teaching Strategies® in partnership with the founders of Baby Einstein:

 

  • Teaching Strategies is the #1 provider of early childhood curriculum and developmental assessment in the country across private, public, and Head Start programs.
  • Baby Einstein was the leading baby media program in the country, introducing millions of babies to Mozart, Van Gogh and Shakespeare through much-loved music, books, and videos while delighting their parents.

 

  • ParentPal™ activities are fully aligned with Teaching Strategies’ research-based objectives for development and learning.
  • ParentPal™ also incorporates the Ireton Child Development Review (CDR), a set of month-by-month, research-based milestones for birth to age 5—the same milestones pediatricians look for in your child, plus guidance from pediatricians and the guidelines of more than 20 national organizations.


  1. Are you guys going to make this app for Android users a well because I have some parents that are android users and they will love to have the ParentPal app on their phones as well.

    1. Hi! Yes! We do plan to have an Android version. At this time however, it is still under development.

    2. I was going to ask when this was going to be available for android? HOWEVER, I see someone has already ask. We are teaching from home right now and we use teaching strategies for a main resources. This would be an awesome app for the teacher and parent but I have a chromebook and android phone.

      1. Hi Melissa. Yes, we’re so sorry it’s not yet available for Android devices. If any of your families have an Apple device, they’re welcome to download and begin exploring!

    1. Hi Deanna, since we released the product early, it’s currently only available for Apple devices. We are working on a version for Android and will release once it’s fully developed and tested.

  2. 1. How much will it usually cost (after the free period).

    2. Will teachers be able to interact with it too? So a parent might try an activity; child didn’t like or maybe did more, and parents can comment back to teacher?

    1. Hi Tina!

      After this pandemic-related free period end on June 30, ParentPal will be made available for a subscription price of $12.99/month to endusers, or an annual subscription cost of $119 (equivalent to $9.99/month). At that time, you will have the choice to join as a subscriber or to discontinue the service. We will communicate with you well before the conversion from free to paid, giving you plenty of time to make a decision. No user will be forced into an unwanted subscription or inadvertently charged for the fee-based service.

      When we complete the next phase of our development work, it will come with a new feature that allows the user to invite a number of caregivers into his or her family account. One of these team members could be a teacher who could then see the at home events, activities and progress for each child!

  3. Is parent pal also accessible for Android as well?
    Will teachers have access to view parent pal in order to help families with questions?

    1. Hi Jennifer! Since we released the product early, it’s currently only available for Apple devices. We are working on a version for Android and will release once it’s fully developed and tested. Teachers are welcome to download and access the app during this free time as well to become familiar with the application. Once the next version of our development work is complete, it will include a new feature that allows the user to invite a number of caregivers into his or her family account. One of these team members could be a teacher who could then see the at home events, activities and progress for each child.
       

    1. Hi Emma! At this time, the app is not available in Spanish though we do hope to offer that in the future!

    1. Hi Amanda! At this time, the app is not available in Spanish though we do hope to offer that in the future!

    1. Hi Brittany, as part of the early release the platform is only available in English on Apple devices. We are continuing our development work and will be releasing an Android version once available.

    1. Hi Kathleen, as part of the early release the platform is only available in English on Apple devices. We are continuing our development work and will be releasing an Android version once available.

    1. Hi Stephanie, We’d recommend sharing this blog post with them! Or, you can share the flyer that is linked in the post as well!

    1. Hi Jami,

      After this pandemic-related free period end on June 30, ParentPal will be made available for a subscription price of $12.99/month to end-users, or an annual subscription cost of $119 (equivalent to $9.99/month). At that time, you will have the choice to join as a subscriber or to discontinue the service. We will communicate with you well before the conversion from free to paid, giving you plenty of time to make a decision. No user will be forced into an unwanted subscription or inadvertently charged for the fee-based service.

  4. I jumped on this because I saw pre-K and plus I worked with you many years ago. Now that I’m signed up I realize this app/program is for up to age 3. My daughter is 4 and in pre-K (now remotely). Can you speak to Mighty Minutes?

    Thanks and all the best to you and your family in this challenging time.

    1. Hi Robert!

      During this early release, the app offers full support for children from birth to age 3. We also provide a set of group activities, called Mighty Minutes, and other content selections that extend to age 5. Mighty Minutes are found in the Library on the Activities tab. These are short, playful activities that engage children and are used by teachers in daycare centers to fill in those in-between moments with groups of children in their classrooms. However, these activities also are usable by parents who want some additional ideas for engaging their children. We chose to include Mighty Minutes in our free release to give you additional choices. We also wanted to provide an easy way for teachers from our childcare and pre-K partners to direct you to certain Mighty Minutes activities they love to use and that you can then use at home.

      Hope this helps – thanks for downloading and checking out the app!

  5. Sounds like a great resource considering the new challenges we are facing with the virus. Parental Pal will be a great way to support children and families that may not attend on a daily basis. This will also be a great way to support students that need additional support reaching more challenging milestones and would benefit from additional activities in the home.

  6. This looks like a great way to provide information/activities for families that are not currently attending due to COVID-19.New requirements ask that we provide and document activities for families to do at home with their children. Is there a way to track when or if a parent uses the app? I would love to have parents try this. Being able to know if they actually accessed it would be most beneficial.

    1. Hi Joyce, thank you for the feedback! We will add this to our list of enhancements for consideration. If you haven’t already seen, I wanted to highlight our Family Engagement product, ReadyRosie™, that does provide a full dashboard and insight into families’ activities and progress. You can learn more here: http://www.readyrosie.com.

      1. I was hoping that an app like this would be done in collaboration with ReadyRosie since this is basically they same type of format, but looks be to more user friendly. That would be awesome, and that way teachers can create recommended activities for the week that are connected to what they are discussing in classroom with children. Plus teachers would be able to see what they are doing & communicate with the families through the app. Will this collaboration happen in the future?

        1. Hi Kesha, Thank you for sharing your feedback. We are continuously developing new ways to innovate and integrate our solutions. An opportunity for integration like you mentioned is on our radar, and something we’re hoping to provide in the future as we make continuous improvements and take steps to have a fully integrated suite of products.

  7. We are using this method to do Distant Learning with our families. Unfortunately, as good as this app is, it says that it is only for IPhones. Is that correct? Some of my parents do not own an iPhone. They have a smart phone, Android. Please guide or advise.

    1. Hi Estela, Since we released the product early, it’s currently only available for Apple devices. We are working on a version for Android and will release once it’s fully developed and tested. In the meantime, checkout the family resources we’re providing for free on our Healthy-at-Home Toolkit: https://healthyathome.readyrosie.com/

  8. Do parents have to pay to use this resource? I noticed on some questions already posed that there is a FREE edition and PAID edition. What are the differences between the two?

    1. Hi Amanda,

      Access to the full version of the application is free for all users through June 30th. After June 30th, users who wish to continue using the app will need to subscribe.

  9. Is there an option for the app to be switched to Spanish. Other than that, all the content of the app seems to be condensed to a simple but rather detailed app. Kudos to you all Team

    1. Hi Cesar, we’re so glad you find the app to be beneficial, and easy to use! At this time, the content/app is not available in Spanish – but, that is on our development roadmap!

  10. Will the app eventually be available to use for children 4-5 years old? This would be great for families with children in PK and Kindergarten, too, if so. Currently, it can only be used for children birth-3. Thanks!

    1. Hi Susan! Yes, the app is for birth-age 5. Due to the early release, at this time to access the app you need to enter a birthdate for a child under 3, but there is content currently available for ages 4-5. As we continue to work on the app, the content library for 4-5 will continue to grow and become more robust.

  11. Will teachers have access to use this in lieu of a daily sheet to record diapers, food, etc and send activities?

    1. Hi Heather, the main intent of the app is to be family-facing. However, as we continue to develop the functionality, we do have the ability to add caregivers to the roadmap. Then, in theory, a teacher could be added as a child’s caregiver to view and add to the child’s report. However, if your program is looking for a program based operational tool, we’d recommend tadpoles® for that use. You can learn more here: http://www.tadpoles.com

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