Early Learning and Educational Technology Policy Brief

The vision of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (hereafter known as The Departments) is that 1) all young children will have adults in their lives who are well-informed on how to use technology to support learning at various ages; and 2) all young children will have opportunities to learn, explore, play, and communicate through a multitude of approaches, including the use of technology.

This vision is already a reality for some early learners and the adults in their lives. The examples below represent promising ways to help early learners use technology with peers and adults to foster relationships, expand learning, and solve meaningful problems.

The purpose of this policy brief is to: ŸŸ

  • Provide guiding principles for early educators (including those in home settings), early learning programs, schools, and families on the use of technology by young children to support them in making informed choices for all children. ŸŸ
  • Inform the public, families, and early educators on the evidence base used to support these guiding principles. ŸŸ
  • Issue a call to action to researchers, technology developers, and state and local leaders to ensure technology is advanced in ways that promote young children’s healthy development and learning.
Friday, January 1, 2016 - 5am
U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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