The coronavirus pandemic caused all children to suffer learning loss. However, the youngest learners likely saw the biggest break in their social, emotional, and academic development during distance learning because they learn best from effective human interaction, hands-on exploration, and sensory and physical activities. If online learning is not designed with early childhood in mind, many children will not be able to build the strong foundation they need and will fail to establish the structure and routines that learning requires.
As more schools consider hybrid models for the new school year, states must consider the unique needs of preK-3 students in designing remote learning. Join NASBE on Tuesday, June 30, from 3 to 4 pm (EDT), as experts explore effective models for early childhood remote learning. Alexis R. Lauricella, director of the Technology in Early Childhood Center at the Erikson Institute will highlight the latest research on how young children learn and interact with technology. Illinois State Board Member Cristina Pacione-Zayas will discuss her state’s remote learning guidance and its special consideration of early learners. Sophie Turnbull will take participants on a tour of Khan Academy Kids, an online learning tool aligned to state standards and designed specifically for young students.