Hatch Announces New Kindergarten Readiness Software at NHSA

TeachSmart software for preschool supports teachers with a sleek, user-friendly interface for interactive whiteboards and multi-touch displays, and gives preschoolers access to thousands of research-based activities.

National Head Start Association Conference 2014

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--()--Hatch®, the leading early childhood education technology provider, today released version 3 of their award winning TeachSmart® preschool software. Announced at the National Head Start Association (NHSA) Conference in Long Beach, CA, Hatch’s TeachSmart turns Microsoft Windows®-based interactive whiteboards and multi-touch displays into educational powerhouses. Developed by leading early childhood education experts for use in preschool classrooms, TeachSmart builds school readiness skills and seamlessly integrates interactive technology into the early childhood classroom.

Teachers around the country applaud TeachSmart. “I’ve never seen anything like Hatch technology,” said Gloria Jordon, a Scottsdale, GA teacher. The new TeachSmart software connects interactive whiteboard users to Hatch’s exclusive research-based activities in fewer than three clicks, giving early learners quick access to the only software research-tested to increase a child’s readiness to learn the reading and math skills required for success in school.

“One in three children enters kindergarten unprepared to read or to learn math,” said Ginny Norton, President of Hatch. “Hatch technology has helped more than 500,000 children prepare for Kindergarten, and their marked improvement in school readiness speaks to the benefits that TeachSmart brings to the classroom.”

Educators will have an opportunity to interact with TeachSmart and other Hatch technology for early childhood education during a hands-on learning experience with classroom technology for early childhood educators, in collaboration with Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT), the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions. Four “Hands-on with Head Start Technology Learning Zone” sessions will take place at the National Head Start Association (NHSA) Conference in Long Beach, CA on April 30 – May 1, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PST.

While describing her experience with TeachSmart software in the classroom, Linda Slusarczyk, a Preschool For All teacher in the Chicago area said, “I utilize it [to plan] large and small group activities, as well as for individual teaching activities.” Hatch’s TeachSmart supports inclusive classrooms with a range of learning levels, from emerging to intervention to typically developing. Developmental levels are clearly defined for each activity, making it easy for teachers to tailor activities for each child or group to provide the right level of difficulty.

Both TeachSmart, Hatch’s award-winning software for the preschool classroom, and CoreFocus®, the company’s award-winning software aligned with the Common Core curriculum for Kindergarten and first grade classrooms, are built to run on Hatch’s exclusive interactive displays and whiteboards. They will also run on interactive whiteboards from other Windows®-based vendors.

For more information on TeachSmart by Hatch please visit HatchEarlyLearning.com/TeachSmart. For more information on the NHSA Technology Learning Zone, please visit HatchEarlyLearning.com/Zone.

About Hatch®, the Early Learning Experts:

Since 1984, Hatch® has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 children with technology and classroom materials that prepare them with essential skills to succeed in school and beyond. From interactive hardware to adaptive software and classroom supplies, Hatch is the leading early learning solutions provider nationwide. Child-appropriate hardware; research-based content tied to standards; and individualized progress monitoring tools combine to create complete classroom solutions that improve fundamental math, literacy, and social-emotional skills. For more information, visit www.HatchEarlyLearning.com.

Contacts

Hatch
Kami Periman, Marketing Communications Manager
800-624-7968 ext. 1333
KPeriman@HatchEarlyLearning.com

TeachSmart(R) preschool software for interactive whiteboards and multi-touch displays has been research-tested to increase a child's readiness to learn the reading and math skills required for success in school. (Photo: Business Wire)

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Release Summary

Today Hatch, Inc. released TeachSmart 3.0 preschool software for interactive whiteboards, with a new, user-friendly interface for teachers and thousands of research-based activities for preschoolers.

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Hatch
Kami Periman, Marketing Communications Manager
800-624-7968 ext. 1333
KPeriman@HatchEarlyLearning.com