Working in Early Childhood Education
Welcome from the Executive Director
Dear Community Supporter:
This past week we shared an article (included below) titled, “Is Online Early-Childhood Education the Next Big Thing?” As early childhood advocates, for years we have cautioned caregivers about the affects of “screen time” on young developing minds. Technology in no way replaces the social interactions that are seen in quality care environments for young children (home or child care settings).
But can technology be appropriately used to enhance the learning that comes from conversation, adult-child interactions, peer interactions and other activities that promote creativity and child development? These little ones will be working in a world filled with technology…so different from even what we know now. In my opinion, it is important for them to continue to learn skills around technology. However, proceed with caution. And closely monitor the content and the amount of time the little ones are spending in front of the screen!
Have a great week and thank you for your continued support of ECCSLV!
Sherri A. Valdez
Early Childhood Council of the San Luis Valley
This Week’s News
Here is a scientific take on Early Childhood Education in video format.
Is Online Early Childhood Education the Next Big Thing?
Utah rolled this online program out to thousands of young children in the state. The Obama administration funded it through its Innovation grant program to the tune of more than $11 million. Read Article.
Local Early Childhood Funding Threatened by Colorado Anti-Tax Group
An anti-tax group to overturn a law allowing local governments to create special districts to pay for early childhood education. Read Article.