It has been observed that preschoolers, who have been exposed to age appropriate, learning software in the classroom, make a better transition into formal academics. Children from low literacy, poorly resourced backgrounds are at a disadvantage. Many are overwhelmed with the late exposure to computer technology provided by the Trinidad and Tobago Government in Secondary Schools. Those who are fortunate to have computer access predominantly focus on games and entertainment rather than education.
At the CTF we expose preschoolers between the ages of 3-5 to software which enforces the school curriculum, language arts and the early mathematics. Educational software and online resources will be used to aid in the development of phonics and problem solving skills. The exercises involved will help build the foundations for literacy, build self-confidence and proficiency in using the PC. CTF hopes to reinstate the project, after its cancellation in December 2017, due to insufficient funding.
Expanding 35 preschoolers' use and understanding of the computer in an interactive stimulating environment. The foundations of literacy and academic success start in early childhood. Better literacy and numeracy will improve performance on the Secondary Entrance Assessment exams and the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate exams. Further, Trinidad and Tobago is reeling from the effects of low-literacy, poverty, anti-social behavior and gang membership, early intervention is critical.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).