Tech in the Early Years

Author Profile: Hedda Sharapan

Hedda Sharapan

Hedda Sharapan

Hedda Sharapan
Director of Early Childhood Initiatives
The Fred Rogers Company
2100 Wharton Street #700, Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Hedda Sharapan celebrated the start of her 47th year with Fred Rogers and the small nonprofit company that he founded. She was asked to work on his production from the very first day of the Neighborhood series in 1966, and served as Assistant Director, Assistant Producer, Associate Producer and currently serves as Director of Early Childhood Initiatives. Continuing to carry on Fred Rogers’ legacy, her work includes writing for articles, books, and websites, consulting on scripts for DanielTiger’s Neighborhood, along with creating and presenting professional development materials for early childhood educators. Her monthly professional development newsletter reaches nearly 15,000 subscribers. She has won many awards that include being named “Heroes on the Horizon” at the 2011 NAEYC annual conference, receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Association for Family Child Care in 2011, and being awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA in 2013.  She has recently been name the PNC Grow Up Great Senior Fellow at The Fred Rogers Center


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

While I’m struggling along with everyone else to find ways that early childhood professionals can use technology appropriately, I try to keep in mind something else I learned from Fred: “No matter how helpful computers are as tools (and of course they can be very helpful tools), they don’t begin to compare in significance to the teacher-child relationship, which is human and mutual. A computer can help you learn to spell “HUG,” but it can never know the risk of the joy or actually giving or receiving one. I keep that in mind so I myself don’t get so fascinated by what the technology can do that I forget what it can’t do.

From Chapter 2 Technology as a Tool for Social-Emotional Development: What We Can Learn from Fred Rogers’ Approach


TEC Center Authors Webinar Series: Technology as a Tool for Social-Emotional Development with Hedda Sharapan: What We Can Learn from Fred Rogers’ Approach

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