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Early Learning and Educational Technology Policy Brief Development

U.S. Department of Education

John King


Libby Doggett

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning, Office of Early Learning

Joseph South

Director, Office of Educational Technology

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Sylvia Mathews Burwell


Linda K. Smith

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development

Shannon L.Rudisill

Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development

October 2016

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This brief was written under the guidance of a team from both the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From the U.S. Department of Education, Joseph South and Katrina Stevens (Office of Educational Technology), Libby Doggett and Steven Hicks (Office of Early Learning), and Russell Shilling and Melissa Moritz (Office of Innovation and Improvement-STEM) provided leadership. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Linda K. Smith, Shannon Rudisill, Amanda Bryans from the Office Early Childhood Development provided leadership.

Joan Lee (Office of Educational Technology) was the author of the brief and led the development and drafting process. Technical assistance was provided by the following people at ED and HHS: Kimberly Burgess, James Collins, Fatima Jibril, James Harnett, Charles Homer, Isaiah Kamrar, Ngozi Lawal, Kathy Lin, Meredith Reynolds, Douglas Steiger, and Jeffrey Polich.

Experts in early learning and technology use provided valuable support. The Departments are grateful to the advice from: Jeanette Betancourt (Sesame Workshop), Preeti Birla (Innovate NYC), Joseph Blatt (Harvard University), Chip Donohue (Erikson Institute), Danielle Ewen (Education Counsel), Ed Green (The Early Learning Collaborative, HITN), Lisa Guernsey (New America), Michael Levine (Joan Ganz Cooney Center), Rosemarie Truglio (Sesame Workshop), and Melina Uncapher (University of California, San Francisco).

The Departments also received support from the American Academy of Pediatrics and are grateful to Dr. Ari Brown, Dr. Dimitri Christakis, Dr. Corinn Cross, Dr. David Hill, Susan Martin, Thomas McPheron, Dr. Jenny Radesky, and Dr. Yolanda Reid-Chassiakos for the feedback on initial drafts and input.

Susan Thomas served as the principal editor for this brief. Graphics were developed by O2 lab in Washington, D.C.

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