Thanks to a grant from Comcast Foundation, 10 early childhood educators just completed a semester-long technology training course at the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education.

earlyeduThe Technology Awareness Series provides early childhood educators with a proper understanding of technology to create more efficient, better managed, and intellectually stimulating environments for the children at their centers. The long-term goals for this program include: improving overall computer proficiency for early education educators, increasing the number of successful technology assessments for accreditation in Miami-Dade County, and enhancing the knowledge and use of innovative technological tools in early education centers.

As a result of Comcast’s support of the Center, to date, 36 early childhood educators representing nine early childhood centers have received technology training. Eighty percent of all program participants increased their knowledge on the use of technology which includes training on computers, utilizing Microsoft Office software, downloading images, printing and documenting projects.

At the conclusion of each semester, Comcast Foundation supplies each early childhood center with a laptop as well as a digital camera to ensure that the lessons learned during the classes are implemented beyond the training series, affecting the quality of early childhood education in Miami-Dade and beyond.