IBM is donating 600 Kid-Smart Young Explorer computer learning centers to preschool programs nationwide to help children with disabilities and their classmates build skills for future academic success. Boise City Head Start received two of the donated computers. The donation is being made to PACER Center, a national organization for parents and professionals working with children with disabilities, such as autism, vision loss or other learning disabilities and physical impairments. PACER will work with groups including the National Head Start Association and federally-funded Parent Centers to deploy the computer learning centers and training, expecting to reach nearly 20,000 children in the next year.
The Young Explorer, a computer housed in brightly-colored, kid-hardened Little Tikes furniture and equipped with award-winning educational software to help children learn and explore concepts in math, science and language. The computer centers can also help children learn important socialization skills such as how to work together and sharing. Exploration and socialization skills are important to prepare children for future success in school, help level the playing field and ensure all children have access to educational tools. The Kid-Smart program also includes teacher and parent training material critical for education. The Kid-Smart website http://www.kidsmartearlylearning.org/provides information for teachers and parents on early childhood learning and technology.