What is TEC Center?

Erikson Institute’s Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center is a research center and professional development provider with expertise in child development and children’s digital media and technology use. Housed within Erikson Institute, the TEC Center is dedicated to connecting research and practice in this field. The TEC Center conducts research investigating the role of technology in children’s development and education. Using evidence-based research and real-world examples, the TEC Center’s professional development services strengthen educators’ practice.

Mission Statement

TEC Center prioritizes child development above all else- that is what drives TEC Center’s research and professional development services. TEC Center recognizes that children are surrounded by digital media and technology; therefore, TEC Center focuses on 1.) Understanding how digital media and technology play a role in early childhood and 2.) Informing and supporting the adults who influence children’s development and education. TEC Center believes that digital media and technology is one tool of many that can and should be used to positively support development and education.


TEC Center has developed an evidence-based PD model through years of experience and research. From 2012-2017, TEC Center presented nearly 400 times and reached 64,000 educators. During 2018 and 2019, TEC Center TEC Center presented to over 2,700 early childhood professionals and hosted two IMLS-funded forums, laying the foundation for their published Media Literacy in Early Childhood Report.

In the past year (last updated March 2021), TEC Center has presented over 60 live webinars to nearly 8,000 educators and early childhood practitioners. TEC Center has also provided access to asynchronous workshops to additional educators and early childhood practitioners, reaching over 8,000 views and over 21,000 impressions, with over 2,000 hours of content watched.

So far, TEC Center has presented live to nearly 75,000 early childhood professionals.