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Hatch Early Learning and Teaching Strategies Partner to Provide Teachers with Play-based Evidence of Early Learning

Publish Date: May 10, 2016


HatchSync powered by GOLD® aligns popular early childhood games with GOLD® to provide insights into the development of early literacy and math skills essential for success in kindergarten

Hatch Early Learning, the provider of research-based, classroom technology solutions, and Teaching Strategies, developer of The Creative Curriculum® and GOLD®, today announced a partnership to make it easier for educators to capture information about children's learning through a child's independent play.

For years, early childhood teachers have used observational assessment of students' activities, including play, to generate unique insights into children's development over time, evaluate progress, and plan individualized, intentional learning experiences. This new partnership utilizes technology in the classroom to provide teachers with the ability to capture evidence of a child's knowledge and skills seamlessly, and without the use of more formal assessments. As a child plays independently with Hatch iStartSmart® learning games, teachers will receive information about each student's path toward learning milestones that can provide insight into what each child knows and can do.

"We're excited about the opportunity to make it easier for teachers to capture relevant information that can inform their instructional decisions," said Kai-lee Berke, Chief Executive Officer of Teaching Strategies. "A child's play can provide a wealth of insights to add to the robust portfolios that teachers create for each child, without creating additional work for the teacher. This opportunity offers additional support for the formative assessment process, which is so critical to building essential relationship between teacher and child that is the foundation for all learning in early childhood."

iStartSmart® is aligned and matched to 18 objectives and dimensions from GOLD® in the areas of math and literacy. Children have the opportunity to develop core literacy and math skills that are essential for success in kindergarten, with the results shared from iStartSmart® directly to the GOLD® assessment system.

"We are thrilled to offer this one of a kind innovation to the early childhood classroom and equally thrilled with this new partnership," said Ginny Norton, President of Hatch Early Learning. "This partnership is about applying technology in a thoughtful way, to help teachers save time as they gather objective information to understand how children are progressing as they develop essential skills on the path to kindergarten readiness."

The new partnership, called HatchSync powered by GOLD®, will be available for purchase as part of GOLD®, or as part of Hatch's iStartSmart® learning solution. Programs can visit to purchase or order by phone at 800-624-7968. The product is available for purchase immediately and is available to any program that uses both iStartSmart® and GOLD® in their classrooms.

About Teaching Strategies: With groundbreaking solutions and a strong belief that a child's first 8 years form a critical foundation for school success, Teaching Strategies has been an advocate for the early education community for over 25 years. Today, Teaching Strategies provides curriculum, assessment, professional development, and family connection resources. Its award-winning products like The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool and widely-adopted assessment solutions like GOLD® reach over 2 million children each year. To learn why thousands of early childhood programs and many states choose to partner with Teaching Strategies to help ensure children's success in school and in life, visit

About Hatch Early Learning: Hatch Early Learning transforms the lives of young children with technology and classroom materials that prepare them with essential skills to succeed in school and beyond. Hatch combines child-appropriate hardware with research-based content; classroom activities tied to standards; and individualized progress monitoring tools to create complete classroom solutions that improve fundamental math, literacy and social-emotional skills. For more information, visit

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