About the TEC Center

Collecting, Curating, Connecting, Creating = Igniting

The TEC Center at Erikson Institute empowers early childhood educators to make informed decisions about the appropriate use of technology with children from birth to age 8. Through carefully selected resources and real-world examples, the Center strengthens educators’ digital literacy and their ability to intentionally select, use, integrate, and evaluate technology in the classroom and other early childhood settings. The TEC Center was launched with the support of The Boeing Company.

The TEC Center at Erikson Institute is an innovative approach to professional development and an online community for early childhood educators dedicated to:

  • enhancing the technology skills, experience, and digital media fluency
  • increasing the intentional, appropriate, and effective use of technology and interactive media with young children
  • promoting the use of technology tools for effective, engaging and empowering teacher preparation and professional development.

Addressing these needs through the innovative use of technology tools and proven distance education methods, translating research into effective practices, and empowering educators and parents through digital media fluency are goals of the TEC Center.

The world for EC tech at your fingertips

Contact the TEC Center team for Professional Development Services, Consulting Services  or Media Interviews 

We have expertise in:

Technology and young children at home, school, libraries, museums, hospitals and community-based programs

Family Engagement in the Digital Age

STEM in Early Childhood

Computational Thinking and Coding in Early Childhood

Technology and young children with special needs




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Meet the TEC Center Leadership Team

Chip Donohue, PhD
Chip Donohue is the Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education at Erikson Institute in Chicago, where he is leading the development of online Master’s degree, certificate and continuing education programs. He is also the Director of the TEC Center at Erikson.

Alexis Lauricella, PhD
Alexis Lauricella, PhD, is Assistant Professor at Erikson Institute and Director of Erikson's Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center. Her research focuses on children’s learning from media technology and parents’ and teachers’ attitudes toward and use of media technology with young children.

Associate Director
Tamara Kaldor
Tamara Kaldor, MS, is the Associate Director of the TEC Center at Erikson Institute and has over twenty years of experience working in early childhood development, media and technology. Her name rhymes with her favorite tech tool, camera. Her work focuses on the developmentally appropriate use of technology including play and technology, STEM, computational thinking and early coding, and children with special needs.

Program Manager
Jenna Herdzina
Jenna Herdzina, MS, is the Program Manager for the TEC Center at Erikson Institute. Jenna’s work focuses on connecting policy to practice for educators and parents, professional development, and developmentally appropriate practice with technology tools.