No. The official recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics is that children between the ages of 2 and 5 limit all screen use (inclusive of tablets, laptops, television, and ebooks) to a maximum of one hour per day, and even that screen time should be focused on high-quality programming that is co-viewed/operated with parents who can help children understand what they are seeing and how it applies to the world around them.
The Academy even cautions against over-reliance on digital ebooks for young children at this age without adult oversight:
“Digital books (also called “eBooks,” books that can be read on a screen) often come with interactive enhancements that, research suggests, may decrease child comprehension of content or parent dialogic reading interactions when visual effects are distracting. Parents should, therefore, be instructed to interact with children during eBook reading, as they would a print book.” — “Media and Young Minds” in Pediatrics: The Official Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics, Vol. 138, Issue 5; Nov 2016.
Given the above, Pre-K students will not be receiving digital devices through the School District and will not be part of the broader remote/distance learning work that the School District is offering while schools are closed.
Instead, the families of pre-K children in District-operated classrooms will be receiving in the mail, via U.S. Postal Service, a home activity guide consisting of 41 separate activities that focus on a variety of skills across language and literacy, mathematical thinking, scientific thinking, social studies, physical motor skills and the arts. PreK teachers are being asked to connect with families via telephone and other established communication channels (eg Classroom Dojo, Remind App, etc) to support these home learning activities and respond to questions families may have about their child’s development. To the extent that Teacher Assistants are able, they should support the efforts of the PreK teacher.
If a pre-K teacher is unable to contact a family via telephone, the teacher should reach out to her/his assigned Education Field Administrator, who will work with the Pre-K Family Services team to locate the family and re-establish contact.