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Webinar – “Supporting New Jersey’s Families: How Can Technology Help?”

Early Learning Tech

How can we leverage technology to help connect families to resources they need, when they need them now more than ever? 

On July 16, 2020, As part of the Grade Level Reading week series, we joined a panel of speakers from New Jersey to discuss innovative ways to address the needs of parents of children 0-5 who are navigating the COVID-19 crisis. 

On the webinar, we discussed what families in New Jersey are saying they need help with right now, and how communities are responding. We also introduced a mobile application for parents of young children called Stay Play Grow, developed by the Early Learning Lab in response to COVID-19. The app connects families to playful learning experiences for their children and to supports for family needs and overall well-being.  

Hosts Melissa Litwin, Early Childhood Program Director, The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation, and Kimberly Boller, Chief Strategy and Evaluation Officer, The Nicholson Foundation, facilitated the conversation with three featured panelists: 

  • Rosie Grant, Executive Director, Paterson Education Fund 
  • Mark Dinglasan, Executive Director, Center of United Methodist Aid to the Community Ecumenically Concerned Helping Others (CUMAC/ECHO)  
  • Chris Sciarrino, Director of Early Childhood Practice and Innovation, the Early Learning Lab

During the webinar, participants discussed how technologies like the Stay Play Grow app can help connect families to critical supports, and the need for localization of resources to meet the needs of parents in New Jersey.