Tech in the Early Years

Author Profile: David Kleeman

David Kleeman

David Kleeman

David W Kleeman
Senior Vice President, Insights Programs, and PlayVangelist


David W. Kleeman is a strategist, analyst, author and speaker who leads the children’s media industry in developing sustainable, kid-friendly solutions. He is building a unique new global kids and family “think tank” as Senior Vice President of Insights Programs and PlayVangelist for PlayCollective. From 1988-2013, Kleeman was President of the American Center for Children and Media, promoting the exchange of ideas, expertise and information as a means for building quality. He remains advisory board chair to the international children’s TV festival (Prix Jeunesse), a 2013 Senior Fellow of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, and a Governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In 2014, he received the “Pioneer” Award from Kids @ Play Interactive. Kleeman travels worldwide seeking best practices in children’s and family media, technology and products and writes extensively about quality in children’s media.


Excerpt from Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning

Digital media can offer a platform and outlet for that creativity – a go-anywhere, use-anytime, bottomless block set or art box, a portable piano, a storytelling tool kit. Make no mistake – digital tools aren’t the same as the real thing – kids absolutely need the tactile experience of fresh clay, finger paints, dress-up play and musical instruments. They’re different, a new category of play and self-expression, and we’re still learning the contexts in which they’re best used.

From Chapter 1 What Would Fred Rogers Say?