PARENTS Magazine has named Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings as the kids' app of the year for social-emotional learning. The honor is a part of the magazine's second annual list of the Best Apps for Kids. PARENTS editors tapped teachers, screen-time experts, junior testers, and parents for their app picks that were deemed educational and engaging. A total of 24 winners were named based on the following criteria: ad-free, clear cleaning goals, and no in-app purchase offers for power-ups or characters.
A 2018 study from Texas Tech University showed that children who used Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings had increased emotional regulation and knowledge. The study also showed that the skills learned in the app had lasting effects on the children who used it, and that the series modeled positive behavior and emotional literacy for parents and caregivers as well as children.