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What is Caribu?
What we do?
Caribu helps children 0-7 years old to read and draw with their parents and grandparents through a video-call when they’re not in the same location. We are "FaceTime meets Kindle", for kids. Caribu is a truly innovative product for hundreds of millions of families separated across the globe. We have hundreds of books, in seven languages, on our platform and customers in 164 countries.
Why we do it?
In many communities, 2/3 of kindergarteners show up on their first day already behind national literacy benchmarks. Research shows that families must begin having engaging conversations and building vocabulary before children enroll in school. Caribu creates opportunities for a child to read and be read to, building a stronger vocabulary and the intrinsic desire to read, all through the common smartphone. We help parents, extended family and mentors read to children when they are not in the same location. Now, more than ever, families spend more and more time apart and children have less access to adults who can read to them in person. This is why we started with bedtime stories and focus on ages 0-7. In order to tackle the 30 Million word gap, and ensure children are read to at least twenty minutes a day, we must give parents the technology to read with their children every night no matter where they are.