Enabling Quality Instruction
The pace of innovation and demand for technology and high-quality digital content in early childhood settings has accelerated meaningfully over the course of the last several years. A focus on school readiness continues to drive increased funding for and enrollment in public and private pre-K programs nationwide – and with it, a growing emphasis on ensuring quality, consistency and efficacy. As a result, we’re seeing a growing need for digital tools and content designed to support instruction and assessment for children wherever learning takes place – at home, in a traditional classroom, or other care settings. COVID has only increased the urgency of digital adoption and, in our view, expanded the opportunity.
While we believe technology has become a critical component of a strong early childhood program, we also believe it’s crucial to view digital tools and content as enablers of – not replacements for – high-quality instruction. When used purposefully, the right digital tools should enhance early childhood learning experiences, connect and support teachers and families, and drive personalized learning based on data-driven insights. A leading advocate for the early childhood community for over 30 years, Teaching Strategies recognized the digital opportunity, bringing its proprietary-research-based curriculum, assessment and engagement solutions online to create the first SaaS-based education platform purpose-built for early childhood education. The platform is designed to make high-quality content, curriculum and assessment tools more accessible to educators and, importantly – especially for the youngest learners – create a bridge to connect families, so classroom learning can be reinforced at home.