Early Childhood Education

This page contains resources to provide you with a foundational knowledge of early childhood education (ECE) and its intersections with global education and educational technologies.

Early childhood education has been studied and supported by numerous organizations and researchers. Below are resources that provide more information about the field of early childhood as well as some references for technology use in early childhood education.

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Early childhood education resources

Websites about ECE

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
    • “Founded in 1926, NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 80,000 members, a national network of more than 300 state and local Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.”
    • NAEYC recently updated their Technology Position Statement, written in conjunction with the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media. The latest version was released in March 2012.
    • Their current position is that “technology and interactive media are learning tools that, when used in intentional and developmentally appropriate ways and in conjunction with other traditional tools and materials, can support the development and learning of young children.”
    • You can view NAEYC Deputy Executive Director Dr. Barbara Willer’s thoughts on tech interaction in this video interview.

  • Zero to Three
    •  A national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.
    • A great resource to learn about early childhood care and development, including extensive links and resources.
    • They also have a great, free podcast series on early childhood development.
  • The World Forum Foundation
    • The World Forum Foundation promotes an on-going global exchange of ideas on the delivery of quality services for young children in diverse settings. Take a look at their current initiatives.
    • Exchange Magazine is also published by the World Forum, covering “workable strategies, practical advice, and down-to-earth ideas for dealing with the serious responsibilities and demands” early childhood administrators meet each day.
  • Early Childhood Teacher
    • A resource site for early childhood educators to learn about teacher certification requirements and find classroom tools and lesson plans.

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Websites about ECE and Technology

  • This webcast addresses the key messages in the new NAEYC & FRC Tech Position Statement:
  • Erikson Institute TEC Center
    • The Erikson Institute is considered “the nation’s premier graduate school in child development—works to improve the care and education of children age birth to eight.”
    • Their new Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center is “an innovative online community dedicated to the effective, appropriate, and intentional use of technology and interactive media as tools with young children.”
  • ECEtech.net
    • Digital Decisions for active preschool classrooms. Practical technology ideas, tools, and advice by and for early childhood educators.
    • Check out their #ecetechchat page to learn about a weekly Twitter chat on Tech in ECE (Wed 9pm EST)
  • Hatch Early Learning
    • Hatch has conducted extensive research on how young children learn and how educational technologies can be used during classroom instruction to enhance learning. Specifically, they have research available to support how their tech products help children achieve critical outcomes in early learning and development.
    • They also host free webinars with experts in early learning and technology.
  • Children’s Digital Media Center 
    • The Children’s Digital Media Center (CDMC) is a multi-university consortium uniting a national community of scholars, researchers, educators, policy-makers, and industry professionals in a community whose goal is to improve the digital media environment in which children live and learn
  • Executive Summary: Children and Computer Technology (2000)
    • This summary makes 10 recommendations for children’s computer use.
    • One of their goals is to “help ensure that all children are empowered to use computers effectively, responsibly, and creatively to shape the digital world of tomorrow.”

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Books about ECE

  • Diversities in Early Childhood Education: Rethinking and Doing (2008)
    • “There is a great urgency for rethinking our understanding and practices of diversity in the current climate of standardization … against the backdrop of social inequities. The purpose of this collection is to offer illustrations of “doing” – illustrations of educators enacting equitable and inclusive practices …”
  • One Classroom, Many Languages: Teaching Dual and English Language Learners (2009)
    • “In classrooms across the country, teachers are encountering more children who are learning English and who come from diverse language backgrounds. As challenging as this may be, a preschool teacher’s goal remains the same: to welcome all children and give them the best possible start in education and in life.”
  • The Handbook of Children, Media and Development (2001)
    • “Brings together an interdisciplinary group of experts in the fields of developmental psychology, developmental science, communication, and medicine to provide an authoritative, comprehensive look at the empirical research on media and media policies within the field.”

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Books about ECE and Technology
  • Digital Decisions: Choosing the Right Technology Tools for Early Childhood Education (2012)
    • “Digital Decisions is full of charts and forms that help you plan for technology implementation and weave technology into your active, child-centric, hands-on classrooms and programs. We set out to provide you with real life examples to help you be as confident selecting and using technology tools as you are using blocks, dramatic play, and other traditional experiences in your classroom.”

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