According to the Children’s Partnership, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to inform leaders about the needs of America’s 70 million children, experts project that computers and the internet will play an increasingly influential role in the job market, the way children learn, and nearly every aspect of their daily living. In response to the growing need for a skilled work force, the partnership has posted a new online resource with state-by-state information tools addressing the digital age. “Young Americans and the Digital Future” is focused on decision-making within states and local communities. Working with both the public and private sectors, this campaign pays particular attention to the needs of low-income and other underserved young people. The Children’s Partnership has designed this online “Toolkit for Action” to build upon that growing momentum and to help leaders implement policies that address these challenges effectively. The toolkit includes a National Fact Sheet with the latest data on U.S. kids and families online at home, school, and in the community. It also contains a framework for policy action, including examples from communities where the ideas are being tried, as well as a State Fact Sheet with current statistics about young people and technology. There is also a state policy model with actual language from a proposal currently being considered in one state, as well as a list of resources for further information and assistance.

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