Digital Literacy for Early Learners:
Expanding Learning to EVERY Home
As more schools embrace distance learning in light of COVID -19, this gap will greatly increase as many families lack access distance learning opportunities and increase digital equity. CfAL’s Digital Literacy program increases digital literacy and expanded learning to New Haven families, emphasizing how to expand learning online together.
CfAL's Digital Literacy program provides:
a tablet pre-loaded with educational applications (and locked for safety and security)
FREE educational online resources to pre-kindergarten through elementary students;
teaches families best practices to safely use internet in home and expand learning – minimizing pressures on caregivers during this stressful time; and,
provides teachers with additional technology resources previously not accessible due to budgetary restrictions.
Already enrolled? CfAL can request technical support for tablets online:
Parents use tablets to attend virtual workshops and communicate with teachers and CfAL Tech Support.
Partnering with teachers
Educational partners incorporate the tablets into their programs and children use tablets to complete lessons and activities.
Providing tablets, CfAL is working to close the tehnology gap and ensure all families have access to distance learning.
Increased Parental Engagement
Parental communication is increated through ClassDojo and other communication applications instaled on tablets.
Technical Support Included!
Are you a Digital Literacy Family in need of techical support? Families enrolled in the Digital Literacy program can submit service requests through our website or call our offices Monday through Friday between 9:00am and 5:00pm.
Digital Literacy Donors & Sponsors
Thank you to the many donors and sponsors who have chosen to support Digital Literacy for Early Program.
Support from these funders are dedicated to this program, providing families with tablets and training familes on best practices for safe and effictive use of technology in the home.
Thank you for helping us close the technology gap. With your help...we will succeed!
About CfAL's Digital Literacy for Early Programs
As more schools embrace distance learning in light of COVID -19, this gap will greatly increase as many families lack access distance learning opportunities and increase digital equity.
CfAL’s Digital Literacy for Early Learners (DLEL) program increases digital literacy and expands learning to families, emphasizing how to expand learning online together. CfAL’s program provides families with a secure tablet that can only acess educational applications.
Caregivers attend monthly workshops (on the tablet) focused on:
how to use tablet applications (e.g. GetEpic!, ABCYa, Code Monkey, and more),
the impact of technology on child development,
suggested guidelines for screen time based on age, and
how to create a tech-safe home through family discussion around technology expectations.
CfAL's workshops have been shown to increase caregivers’ engagement in their child(ren)’s education by increasing caregivers’ awareness of how to use technology to expand learning opportunities – while equally acknowledging best practices to teach children how to use – or not use - technology to interact with the world around them.
Tablets are managed remotely by CfAL using a mobile device management platform. The remote management platform also “locks” devices to ensure tablets can only access approved programs.
Through strategic partnerships with public preschools and educational organizations, CfAL’s educational partners incorporate the tablets into their programs by having children use tablets to complete lessons and activities. For example, Farnam Nursery School the teachers use ClassDojo to communicate with parents and provide students with assignments to be completed daily in programs such as Khan Academy Kids, Epic!, PBS Kids and many more.
Partnering with caregivers, schools and teachers, CfAL's Digital Literacy program has shown to support students, caregivers, and teachers!