Digital Media Literacy

Digital Media Literacy in Early Childhood Programs Initiative is a collaboration of the Pennsylvania Key, OCDEL, the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning & Children's Media and PAEYC and supported by The Grable Foundation.

The goal of this project is to promote digital media literacy in early childhood education through a threepart approach: (1) Raising awareness of new recommendations and promoting systems change; (2) Building an understanding of current practice and exemplars in the use of technology and digital media in high‐quality early childhood programs across the state; and (3) Creating standards‐aligned curation of technology and digital media resources for teachers and childcare providers.

Taking the joint NAEYC‐Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning & Children's Media at St. Vincent College position statement [Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8] and integrating it into the practice of early childhood education through the training of educators and the dissemination of best practices for promoting digital media literacy is paramount to the success of preschoolers as they face the digital age.  In addition, a consideration of how access can affect the classroom presentation of digital media literacy presents a challenge that will need to be overcome by intentional concentration on reaching low‐income and at‐risk populations with the changing standards. To access the Exemplary Use of Technology Checklist, click here.



NAEYC/Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning & Children's Media, Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8 joint position statement

Common Sense Media’s Zero to Eight Report: Based on the results of a large-scale, nationally representative survey, the second in Common Sense Media's series on children’s media use. This report was featured on NPR, from All Tech Considered to Marketplace. It also showed up on HuffPoNYT, and BuzzFeed.

Infographic that sums up the new reality of digital natives developed by Common Sense Media:

Do Digital Tools Belong in Preschool?: October feature story in

How Early Childhood Educators Use Technology in the Classroom: Written by Michael Robb, Director of Education and Research at the Fred Rogers Center

Roundtable on the Science of Digital Media and Early Learning: Lisa Guernsey’s recap of a recent discussion of the Alliance for Early Learning in the Digital Age.

Technology and Digital Media Literacy Research and Resources: Technology and DML Research Resources.pdf.

iPad App Recommendations (3-5 years old): Research-based educational and interactive App recommendations for your iPad available on iTunes.