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Early Childhood Expert to Discuss Parenting in the Digital Age

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Essex Junction ~ Author Chip Donohue will explore how technology can empower and engage children, parents, librarians, and early childhood educators at a free public talk at the Brownell Library in Essex Junction, VT on October 13. His talk, “Teaching and Parenting in the Digital Age: Technology Tools as Catalysts for 21st Century Learning and Early Literacy,” begins at 7:00 pm and is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council (VHC).

Donohue is Director of the Technology in Early Childhood Center at the Erikson Institute in Chicago, and the author of Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors. In his book, Donohue describes how such mentors can help guide the first generation of children who are “growing up digital.”

The Vermont Humanities Council promotes early literacy and sharing books and the love of reading with young children. “We recognize that digital technology can be a positive tool for literacy and language development, particularly when adults guide and share the experience with children,” says Jan Steinbauer, VHC’s Director of Literacy Programs. “Chip Donohue is on the forefront of best practices around the use of technology in early childhood, and he brings practical information based on the latest research findings.”

In addition to the free public talk at the Brownell Library, Donohue will offer a keynote address and workshop at the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VAEYC) conference, which takes place October 13-15 at the University of Vermont. VHC is also sponsoring his appearance at the conference. To register for the VAEYC conference, visit vaeyc.org or call (802) 622-1155.

For more information about Donohue’s free public talk at the Brownell Library, contact Director of Literacy Programs Jan Steinbauer at (802) 262-1352 or at .

About Chip Donohue, PhD

Image of Chip DonohueChip Donohue, PhD, is Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education and Director of the Technology in Early Childhood Center at Erikson Institute in Chicago. He is a Senior Fellow and Member of the Advisory Board of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, where he co-authored the 2012 NAEYC & Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8.

Chip is the editor of Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning (2014) and a new book, Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors (2016). Both titles were published by Routledge/NAEYC.

About the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children

The Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VAEYC) is an affiliate of the National Association for Education of Young Children, the nation’s largest membership organization for early childhood professionals. VAEYC’s mission is to enhance the quality of early childhood programs and professional practices, and advocate for young children (birth through 8 years) and their families in order to realize the potential of every Vermont child.

About the Vermont Humanities Council

A statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1974, the Vermont Humanities Council seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning.