(Paramus, NJ) July 30, 2015 – Turrell Child Care & Early Learning Center, a program of Children’s Aid and Family Services, recently received a $13,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area to purchase two SMART Tables. The multi-touch, collaborative learning center for children allows two to eight students to use the table by touching objects on its surface. Its content is comprised of age-appropriate lessons and other applications, including phonics, math and reading.

The benefits of developmentally appropriate interactive technology in early childhood classrooms have been well documented by researchers. Specifically, the use of interactive technology in early childhood classrooms can encourage the social and cognitive growth of young children and facilitate emergent literacy in multiple arenas, including reading, writing and digital literacy, which has become increasingly important in the 21st century.

“The teachers are using the SMART Tables as an instructional tool to support the teaching of emergent literacy, particularly digital literacy, and to ensure that all of our children are able to enter elementary school on track for success,” says Robyn Knapp, Director of Child Care Services for the Turrell Center. “We are grateful to Ronald McDonald House Charities for helping us promote digital literacy, which is a crucial skill among our children.”

The Turrell Center serves children ages 8 weeks through kindergarten and provides scholarship assistance to nearly half of the families whose children attend.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area

Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area (RMHC NYTSA) is working to improve the lives of children and their families in our communities by creating and supporting programs that directly impact the health and well-being of children in the areas of health, education, the arts, civic and social issues. Since 1992, RMHC NYTSA has provided more than $10 million to local non-profit organizations whose programs improve the wellbeing of children and their families. For further information on Ronald McDonald House Charities-NYTSA, visit www.rmhcnytristate.org.

About Children’s Aid and Family Services
Children’s Aid and Family Services is a leading nonprofit human services organization serving northern New Jersey. The agency is fully accredited and has served the community for more than 115 years. Its mission is to preserve, protect, and when needed, provide families. Motivated by compassion and in partnership with the community, we make positive lasting differences in the lives of those we serve. We provide high quality, innovative services to children and their families that advance social, educational and emotional development and wellbeing. For more information on Children’s Aid and Family Services, call 201.261.2800 or visit www.cafsnj.org.

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