Strategies for fostering engaging distance learning in early childhood education

Adapting early childhood education, such as pre-kindergarten programs, to remote learning has been particularly challenging. As defined by the National Associate for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), ideal early learning environments use developmentally appropriate practices to promote joyful, engaged learning. Early childhood educators have developed some creative ways to engage young children and connect them with technology and other materials. For example, some educators have coordinated getting donated craft supplies to the homes of students, using puppets to speak on camera, and even rotating a class pet turtle among students’ homes. One teacher with a class of English Learners in Illinois created a YouTube channel where she reads books in English. #covid-19 #education

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