'Háblame Bebé' Wins HRSA Bridging the Word Gap Challenge


'Háblame Bebé' Wins HRSA Bridging the Word Gap Challenge

By Michael Contreras

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has officially concluded its ‘Bridging the Word Gap Challenge,’ an effort to reduce the vast vocabulary disparity between children from low-income families versus higher-income families. After an impressive demo day in which the five finalists showcased their innovative ideas, a winner has been selected: Háblame Bebé. This mobile application aims to eliminate the word gap by promoting Spanish-English bilingualism among children, parents, and caregivers of Hispanic families.

Cultural and social norms discourage bilingualism. However, Háblame Bebé strives to reverse this trend. By designing an app that sends fun facts, videos, and interactive games to its users, its creators hope to not only promote bilingualism, but reduce the word gap that disadvantages so many children at such a young age.

By winning this government challenge, Háblame Bebé will receive a cash prize of $75,000 to continue advancing this innovative application to eliminate the word gap. To learn more about the Bridging the Word Gap Challenge, please visit the its website. Thank you to all of the participating teams and individuals involved in this challenge, and congratulations to Háblame Bebé!