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Erikson Institute provides professional development focused on children’s digital media and technology use. Using evidence-based research and real-world examples, Erikson Institute’s professional development services strengthen educators’ practice.

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Previously known as the “Technology in Early Childhood Center” or “The TEC Center”, Erikson Institute’s technology-focused professional development efforts were started in 2012 by Founding Director, Chip Donohue, PhD. After the publishing of the 2012 NAEYC and Fred Rogers Center joint position statement on technology in early childhood, Dr. Donohue launched the “TEC Center”, with the support of the Boeing Company and Erikson Institute. Erikson’s mission has always been to influence early educator’s practice by providing evidence-based information and resources.

Erikson Institute has provided technology and media-focused professional development services to thousands of educators from across the world. Erikson Institute will continue to develop and deliver high quality professional development to meet the needs of the Early Childhood workforce.

TEC Center Impact

TEC Center has developed an evidence-based PD model through years of experience and research. We’re laying the foundation for published Media Literacy in Early Childhood Report.

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Professional Development for Youth Library Staff

Erikson Institute was awarded a grant from IMLS to develop, deliver and publish professional development resources focused on media literacy for library staff working with young children and families. Stay tuned for the published report in 2024!

Media Literacy in Early Childhood Report

Media Literacy in Early Childhood Report

Young children are regularly engaging with media in their homes, schools, and outside of school experiences including museums and libraries. All of these environments offer an opportunity to support and develop young children’s media literacy skills. However, there is a lack of consensus about what media literacy education for young children means and includes. With partners Erikson Institute was awarded a grant from IMLS to host two national forms to form an alliance for media literacy education. Read the report that resulted from that IMLS-funded project.

Read the Report