Seamless updates from website to appThe content for the Head Start app is managed from within the existing Head Start website, to create a seamless updating experience across platforms. We worked with the Head Start web team to create JSON-based APIs that expose filterable content listings and other endpoints the app can access. Content is managed centrally from within the website’s Drupal CMS, which in turn updates the app in real-time without any need to be pushed out separately. This prevents any headaches that come with attempting to maintain two sources of content where the configuration may begin drifting apart. We created a small access layer that tracks users’ filter selections, which allowed us to rely on the Drupal site for content management, and shift our attention to creating a solid user experience.
The result: a handy tool for educatorsThe new Head Start app offers many useful features, including:
- Quick access to featured resources, policy, news, and events
- Mobile access to the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC)
- A mobile share option for each piece of content
- The option to add events to the user’s calendar
- The ability to save various types of resources to an individual “My Stuff” section for quick access
A shared vision for a strong resultSince the new Head Start app launched in April of this year, the average screen time has increased by 82%. The average daily user has increased by 12%, and the application continues to be downloaded and used regularly as its content is updated and enriched. One of the main reasons the app is such a success, is Head Start and Forum One had a strong shared vision for this product. Our shared vision allowed us to collaborate easily, receive timely critical feedback when needed, and provide enthusiasm and encouragement along the way. Our client was thrilled with the final product, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to build a native app that helps Head Start practitioners better access resources for early childhood learning. If you’d like to take a live tour, download the free Head Start app today on Android or iOS.
Let’s talk. Forum One’s mobile application experts would be happy to talk through your goals and technical requirements to launch a powerful and effective app.