Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Kindermusik International has a new neighbor. The Fred Rogers Center has launched a new website called Ele (which stands for Early Learning Environment). They’ve asked KI to partner with them as they continue to provide appropriate, child-centered technology opportunities for children and their families.

Ele is like a library and a playroom where parents and early childhood educators can find online and mobile educational activities for young children. Ele focuses on using technology in age-appropriate ways to improve the language and early literacy skills of young children. What a perfect partnership!

Access to the resources is free and there is no cost to join the Ele community. You’ll have instant access to quality content and can join in discussions about early childhood education and digital learning.

As a reminder, when KI made the decision to provide digital learning materials, careful thought and consideration was given to ensure age-appropriate experiences in technology. In fact, Kindermusik drafted our official screentime position using the guidelines crafted by NAEYC and the Fred Rogers Center.

Kindermusik’s Official Position on Screentime

Kindermusik International knows and respects that each family gets to decide what’s best for them when it comes to the issue of screen time or the use of technology and young children.  In creating our new digital tools and parenting resources, Kindermusik has read about and researched this topic thoroughly.  We have aligned our stance with that of the highly respected NAEYC and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning, recognizing that children can benefit from a responsible and age-appropriate use of technology in combination with hands-on experiences and in partnership with an actively involved caregiver.  We are proud to bring these high-quality educational materials to your family in hopes we can truly embody the very best of both worlds- a responsible introduction to technology AND lots of hands-on, movement-rich, in-your-lap, down-on-the-floor learning.

So, take some time and say, “Hi, Neighbor!” to Ele. You’ll find you’re right at home with access to several of our Kindermusik At-Home Materials.  Let us know what else you find while looking around.