PUP in the News

Making screen time count: a new book gives parents guidance

August 11th, 2018

Even reading teachers know that children can learn reading-related skills through shows and videos, not only through book reading. But reading with an adult sets up opportunities for building reading skills in ways that putting a child in front of a screen often doesn’t.

In other words, when you are sitting and reading to children, there are obvious and easy chances for conversations that get kids empathizing with characters and seeing different perspectives, learning vocabulary words and new concepts, and thinking critically. But if young children are alone and passively watching the kind of programs that are merely entertainment, the show-watching experience is not valuable for building the critical skills they need for the years ahead. (more…)

NAEP test results confirm that parent input is essential

April 12th, 2018

This week, scores came out for the only nationwide test that lets us compare results from one state to another. That test is called the National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP, and if you are wondering whether your own child took it or will take it in the years to come, (more…)

The Needham Times: Needham parent creates interactive child literacy website

October 18th, 2017

PUP founder Joan Kelley has been featured in her hometown newspaper. You can find the full article, by Stefan Geller, on the Needham Times website:

PUP in the Needham Times

WBUR: A new website hopes to help parents build literacy at home

October 18th, 2017

WBUR’s Max Larkin wrote an in-depth piece for Edify on how PUP came to be and how we hope to help our users. Read all about it on WBUR’s website!