Technology and interactive media can support learning and development if used appropriately, says a joint statement released today by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College.
The statement, Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8, provides new guidance to early childhood programs on the effective use of media and technology.
“The position statement comes at just the right time as early childhood educators explore how to use new digital devices and media effectively and appropriately with young children,” says Chip Donohue, director of the Technology in Early Childhood Center (TEC) Center at Erikson. “NAEYC and the Rogers Center have taken an important step toward preparing educators and children for life in the 21st century.”
Donohue co-chaired the writing team and working group that developed the statement.
As head of the new TEC Center, he is overseeing the Center’s efforts to provide early childhood educators with the professional development and resources needed to put the principles, guidelines, and recommendations in the statement into practice.
The Center was launched with the support of The Boeing Company.