EDC Shares Research on Family Engagement and Digital Innovation at WQED Institute

Naomi Hupert

On April 25, EDC Research Scientist Naomi Hupert (at left) was a featured panelist in the WQED Institute for Digital Innovation, Education and Family Engagement. During the Institute, Hupert discussed findings from EDC’s research on the role that technology can play in helping families and teachers promote young children’s school readiness and success.

Naomi Hupert said, “I appreciated the opportunity to share EDC’s research with Institute participants and colleagues from Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Carroll County Public Library, and the National League of Cities. Digital innovation will never replace great teachers or take the place of strong family-teacher partnerships. But, we’re finding that deft use of technology can help engage families and support families and teachers in improving the early learning of children, particularly in high-need communities.”

As part of EDC’s work to strengthen early childhood development systems and close opportunity gaps, Hupert and other leading researchers at EDC’s Center for Children & Technology have extensively examined technology and early learning. This work includes conducting over a decade of studies that have investigated the influence of the Ready To Learn initiative on the early literacy, mathematics, and science learning of children in high-need communities.

Last updated: April 2017