The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College today launched a unique online space that provides high quality digital media resources for early learning teachers, family child care providers, and families of young children birth to age five, free of charge.
The Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment™ – “Ele” for short—is located at www.yourele.org. The site includes:
•Activities--A library of more than 100 ebooks, digital games, videos, music, mobile apps, and other activities selected as quality resources that support learning and literacy development. Some activities help adults support children’s language and literacy skills; others are designed for use by adults with children.
•Let’s Talk--An online community where teachers, families, and others can ask questions, and connect and share with others who care about issues affecting young children.
•My Ele—By signing up for a free Ele account, users can organize the site’s resources around their own needs and interests, and then share them by creating Play!Lists. All resources include research-based suggestions and information on how and why to use Ele’s activities, under the headings, “Talk About It” and “Why This Is Important.”
Visitors meet Ele, an avatar that serves as the site’s friendly “guide.” Activities are easily searchable by age, educational setting, and media type; each activity includes accompanying user tips.