Our research

The work of the Age of Learning Foundation is powered by Age of Learning Inc. award-winning and evidence-based digital solutions. The Foundation is making these digital learning solutions available at no cost to children and families in low- and lower-middle-income countries across Central America, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Age of Learning Inc. and Age of Learning Foundation regularly sponsor research by independent early education experts to evaluate the effectiveness of these digital solutions. Researchers have completed several large-scale efficacy studies with more than 95,000 children globally, including multiple randomized control trials. This growing body of research shows that our solutions accelerate learning and help children make significant gains in early literacy and math skills.

Highlighted studies

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My Math Academy Empowers Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers to Provide Personalized, Equitable Instruction to Accelerate Learning

Harlingen, Texas

Conducted during a school year disrupted by the pandemic, this study demonstrates the effectiveness of My Math Academy as a teaching and learning solution. Nearly 80 early childhood educators engaged My Math Academy in their classrooms to provide personalized, equitable learning opportunities to over 1,200 Pre-K and Kindergarten children in Harlingen, Texas. Children who learned with My Math Academy for 30 minutes each week or 4.5 months, on average saw a two-to-three-fold increase in their math knowledge. They demonstrated gains beyond their grade level, and also experienced greater interest, enjoyment, and confidence in learning math.

Read the research brief here.

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ABCmouse English is Highly Effective in Helping Young Chinese Children Learn English: A Randomized Control Trial

p < .001, effect size (Cohen’s d) = 2.17
Lighter shades = pretest scores; darker shades = posttest scores

Hangzhou, China

This randomized control trial evaluated the effectiveness of Age of Learning’s ABCmouse English, a self-guided digital learning program designed to help young learners acquire English language skills. Age of Learning researchers partnered with OneLeap, a design and research consultancy in China, to conduct this study with 122 Chinese children (ages 5-6) and their parents in Hangzhou, China. In comparison to children in the control group, those who used ABCmouse English for about 30 hours over the course of 6 months improved their English language skills nearly threefold. Additionally, treatment group parents reported their children’s increased confidence, interest, and motivation to learn English.

Read the research brief in English or Simplified Chinese.

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ABCmouse Significantly Increases Children’s Language and Digital Literacy Skills

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

This study examines the effectiveness of ABCmouse Early Learning Academy in helping children in Spanish-speaking Costa Rica to learn English and develop digital literacy skills. Age of Learning researchers worked with the Costa Rican Ministry of Education and a local education nonprofit, Creciendo Juntos, to conduct this study with 266 students (grade 1-3) and 13 English teachers across 15 public elementary schools in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. In comparison to students who received business-as-usual instruction, those who learned with ABCmouse Early Learning Academy for about 11 hours over 6 months made significantly greater gains in their English knowledge and experienced increases in their interest and enjoyment in learning English. Additionally, students and teachers alike developed greater comfort in using technology as a tool for teaching and learning.

Read the research brief  in English or Spanish.

Average English Language Improvement
Grade 1 effect size (Cohen’s d) = 0.36, p < .05;
Grade 2 effect size (Cohen’s d) = 0.27 p =.12.
Lighter shades = pretest scores; darker shades = posttest scores.

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