Calls for enhancing early childhood education and teacher preparation and development by incorporating digital learning and highlights best practices, policy and program trends, and innovative approaches. Outlines goals for 2020 and steps to achieve them.
- Observation: In a world where digital technologies are ubiquitous, educators must establish new forms of practice, supported by the most modern and productive technology tools available.
- Observation: Technology is most productive in young children's lives when it enhances children's engagement in a variety of activities and deepens their reflections about their actions and experiences.
- Observation: There is a disparity between the preparedness of the early childhood workforce and the level of effective practice needed to achieve desired outcomes, and professional development through digital technologies provides opportunities as well as challenges.
- Observation: Five key goals for the nation to meet by 2020 are: 1) Modernizing program designs and professional development models; 2) Training early educators to integrate digital and screen media into their teaching practice in developmentally appropriate ways; 3) Expanding the use of public media as a resource for teachers; 4) Integrating technology across standards, curriculum, and teacher professional development; and 5) Creating R&D partnerships for a digital age.