Initiative Would Bring Software And Internet Connections To Day-Care Centers

Education Week, October 21, 1998, p. 15

A controversial initiative in Pennsylvania would install Internet connections in more than 4,000 day-care centers at no cost to those licensed sites.

The program will cost $1.6 million and is the brainchild of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge. Dubbed “Cyberstart,” the program’s main thrust would be to establish a “Creative Learning Institute,” which will be charged with the development of computer programs for pre-school children.

Critics are arguing that other developmental concerns need to be addressed in pre-school children and that technology can even be dangerous to young students by impairing their vision and motor skills development.

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