The Dream Gap Project Barbie x Center for Scholars & Storytellers


Welcome to the Barbie Dream Gap Project Curriculum, a multimedia experience created by UCLA’s Center for Scholars & Storytellers in partnership with Barbie. Developed for children ages 5 to 7, this curriculum is designed to help close the Dream Gap by inspiring their limitless potential to learn, work, and lead.


Originally piloted in classrooms in the El Segundo Unified School District in 2019, the Barbie Dream Gap Project Curriculum demonstrated promising results, including:

  1. expanding kids’ interest in more careers
  2. increasing all girls’ beliefs that anyone could be a good leader
  3. inspiring more 2nd grade girls to identify females as “really, really smart” and to say YES to the question, “Do you think you can be anything?”

The curriculum has since been optimized for online learning with a parent or guardian’s guidance at home; leveraging the latest research in developmental psychology and aligned to state standards in social and emotional learning (SEL). The six-lesson interactive experience is instructed by CSS Senior Fellow Dr. Laurel Felt, the original learning designer of the Barbie Dream Gap Project Curriculum and a scholar of children's media, play, and learning.

Join us as we continue to inspire the next generation through this unique learning experience.



  • Provide a digital device (computer recommended; tablet or mobile phone work, too).
  • Make sure your child knows how to click on your device (e.g., push the mouse's button, tap the trackpad, tap the screen, etc).
  • Each lesson also contains fun, engaging videos. For optimal experience, please ensure the audio is on. (Headphones recommended)


  • Each lesson comes with a short, customized downloadable workbook. The workbook includes a kid-friendly activity sheet and parent/caregiver resources unique to each lesson – available in English and Spanish!*
  • Activity sheets are not required to complete the lessons, but are encouraged to keep kids engaged! (Pro Tip: If printer access is limited, a blank piece of paper or a digital sketching tool works too!)

*English and Spanish only available for parent/caregiver materials


  • During the interactive lessons, when members of Community Club ask “Faraway Friend” to share, they are speaking to your child. Encourage your child to answer the question out loud!
  • Use the conversation starters in the workbooks to extend and enrich your child’s learning after each lesson is complete!


Each lesson will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. We recommend downloading the workbook and sharing the activity sheet(s) with your child before beginning each lesson. Educators, use this Scope and Sequence to access standards alignment, extension activities and more!

Lesson 1

Participate: Any Way is Great!

Participation supports relationship-building, problem solving, and self-efficacy. In this lesson, your kids will learn why it’s important to get involved and how to find lots of ways to participate!

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Lesson 2

Super Learners

Educational research suggests that believing we can learn anything helps a child grow. In this lesson, kids will learn about using a growth mindset and why learning is our superpower.

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Lesson 3

Move Through The Tough Stuff

Resilience is the ability to move through the tough stuff. Learn more about resilience and why it’s important to recover and try again.

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Lesson 4

Lots of Smarts

There are lots of ways to be smart! In this lesson, your kids will learn all about why it’s important to celebrate all the ways that they’re smart.

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Lesson 5

Career Compass

Certain gender stereotypes can shape kids’ beliefs about which jobs may be available to them in the future. This lesson encourages kids to believe that they can be anything and explains why exploring lots of careers is important!

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Lesson 6

Lead, Lead, Lead!

Gender stereotypes shape kids’ ideas about who can lead. This lesson showcases how diverse leaders use repect to guide, inspire, and help members of their communities.

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Research shows that starting at age 5, many girls develop self-limiting beliefs. They stop believing their gender can do or be anything. This is called the Dream Gap. As the original girl empowerment brand, Barbie is on a mission to close it. In 2018, Barbie launched the Dream Gap Project, an ongoing global initiative that gives girls the resources and support they need to continue believing in themselves.

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