Video Interaction Project

Empowering parents and providing low-income children with an early foundation to succeed.

By 4th grade, nearly half of low-income children read below grade level, representing nothing short of a public health and education crisis. There are vast gaps in development, school-readiness, and long-term educational achievement between children growing up in poverty and those raised in households with more resources.

Decades of scientific research have proven that the origin of poverty-related disparities can be traced in large part to the period from birth to 5 years of age, during which low-income children have dramatically reduced exposure to the experiences necessary for optimal brain development.

The Video Interaction Project (VIP) is a unique and innovative approach to lessening disparities through guided parent-child interactions during pediatric visits that foster optimal cognitive, linguistic, and social development. VIP takes place within the Bellevue Project for Early Language, Literacy and Education Success (http://www.videointeractionproject.org/).