Digital Early Learning Program
Leveraging technology to close the achievement gap and accelerate literacy
NapaLearns’ Digital Early Learning (DEL) Initiative supports the five Napa County school districts and the County Office of Education, helping them implement preschool through 2nd grade online reading and math programs that include vocabulary development, multimedia storytelling, personalized learning through games and activities, and progress tracking.
Digital Early Learning in Napa County originated with a pilot program in 2011 called Summer Bridges, with 17 children of high poverty who were also English Language Learners (ELL) and who had no school experience. In collaboration with the Calistoga Joint Unified School District, the Calistoga Family Center, Napa Valley First Steps program, and the Napa County Office of Education, NapaLearns provided funding to support these disadvantaged children with iPads, digital reading curricula, Footsteps2Brilliance, and pre-post kindergarten readiness assessments during the 4 week preschool program.
Video from Calistoga Summer Bridges Program
“When they use the iPads, I can see my students’ natural abilities to be creative and independent.” – Calistoga Kindergarten Teacher
NapaLearns invests in seed-funding and evaluating innovative learning programs followed by expansion and sustainability supported by district funding. This approach was wildly successful with the Digital Early Learning program as districts and NapaLearns co-funded teacher professional development, acquisition of devices, digital curriculum, and parent training over the next four years until every preschool through 2nd grade classroom had fully engaged teachers and students.
NapaLearns and the Napa County Office of Education also make Footsteps2Brilliance available to all Napa County parents of preschoolers and as of June 2018, more than 2400 children have experienced more than 100 million words while reading books and playing games.