Daisy Quest

Local governments can invest in this strategy using State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
  • This strategy can help address educational disparities, which the U.S. Department of Treasury has designated as an eligible use of SLFRF funds.
  • Investments in this strategy are SLFRF-eligible as long as they are made in qualified census tracts or are designed to assist populations or communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Program basics

  • Interactive, computer-based program intended for children age 3–7
  • Focused on phonological awareness and processing
  • Teaches children to recognize words that rhyme, words with similar sounds, syllables, etc.
  • Instruction is framed in a fairy-tale story line

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Strong (second-highest tier)

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Strong (second-highest tier)

Ranked as having the second-highest level of evidence by the U.S Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse


Target population

Preschool-aged children

Program cost

Approximately $60 per software bundle (2006); $2.99 as an iOS app

Implementation locations

  • Nationwide

Dates active

First developed in 1992

Outcomes and impact

  • Positive effects on oral language, print knowledge, and phonological processing
  • No discernible effect on cognition and math skills
  • Oral language skills improved by an average of 12 percentile points
  • Print language skills improved by an average of 15 percentile points
  • Phonological processing improved by an average of 12 percentile points

Keys to successful implementation

  • Note: This section is under review
  • Curriculum must be delivered with fidelity in order to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Teachers must be provided with ample professional development opportunities to master curriculum and should be evaluated regularly to ensure that model is delivered with fidelity.

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