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In 1971, Dr. Kathryn Barnard, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Family and Child Nursing at the University of Washington, initiated research that brought the ecology of early child development closer to the level of clinical practice by developing methods for assessing behaviors of children and parents.
She identified environmental factors that are critical to a child’s well-being and demonstrated the importance of parent-child interaction as a predictor of later cognitive and language development.
Having extensive knowledge and experience in this space for decades, the team at the Parent-Child Relationship Programs was looking to help better educate and provide actionable items for the agencies and partners that support their work.
But this has since become an outdated model of delivery. Many homes no longer provide DVD players. This method also doesn’t support swift updates to content, and it can easily be lost.
Understanding the challenges of this outdated technology, the team at Parent-Child Relationship Programs had an idea: make it mobile.
The biggest challenge was to keep the content accessible only through this new app, and keep the proprietary information to Parent-Child relationship Programs. The organization can update content, reorganize content, and introduce new materials on the fly.
Since in most places this app will be open, there will be limited to no internet connections available. This obstacle cannot cause a delay in the service being provided. The solution that Chop Dawg came up with was to give the app the ability to download content directly to a mobile app, similar to downloading a video from a Netflix or YouTube application.
Chop Dawg built Parent-Child Relationship Programs a custom administrator backend so they could quickly manage the organization, new content, tweaks to existing content, and more for their partners. This same tool is also used to track the financial and usage performance of the applications on user devices.
And to avoid paying 30% (to 15%) on every transaction that occurs on an iOS and Android device, the application features a basic website application to allow agencies to quickly set up and manage their subscriptions while allowing Parent-Child Relationship Programs to use a merchant such as Stripe with dramatically lower processing fees.
University of Washington was built as an iPhone and Android application using React Native and with REST APIs, supporting iOS 12, iOS 13, and Android 9, Android 10. For the web app, administrator and server-side, we used PHP with Laravel, built on React.
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