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Adaptive Learning for Pre-K

Ignite is a comprehensive tool for children, teachers and administrators, designed to prepare children for kindergarten. This tool provides research-based, standards aligned, engaging interactive games, for children 28 months through 5 years old.


Kindergarten Readiness is the Goal

Ignite by Hatch ensures children are ready for kindergarten by building the standards-based-skills they need. The child-facing platform uses interactive, research-based technology games that build skills in social-emotional development, language & communication, physical development, math, science & technology, social studies and phonological awareness & phonics. For example, within the mathematics domain, counting & numeral recognition, Ignite identifies Kindergarten Readiness as the ability to name which number comes before and after a number in a count list. The child’s ability to meet this goal is tracked on an on-going basis, providing the teacher with the information needed to ensure the child meets their readiness goals.


How it Works

Play and Capture Data

Preschool game data showing a recommended phonological awareness activity for two preschool children

Each week, students engage in 30 minutes of screen-time with research-based, child-facing games, which automatically capture documentation pertaining to each student’s achievements towards kindergarten readiness skills.

Communicate and Share

Ignite by Hatch screenshot of a child's avatar smiling and with hands outstretched

Ignite provides teachers with continual progression information, strategies and suggestions regarding instruction, plus reports that enable teachers to share objective feedback during teacher/parent conferences. Updates are also provided for administrators about the status of students in relation to kindergarten readiness..

Plan and Build

Preschool reporting screenshot showing current progress of a child

The data provided to teachers on an ongoing basis enables them to effectively differentiate instruction and provide activities that support student progress. This accelerates learning and prepares all students for success in kindergarten and beyond.


Chart of current class progress on Hatch Insights reporting for preschool

The continuous assessment of skills allows teachers to monitor achievements on an on-going basis to ensure students are progressing at the appropriate rate to meet kindergarten readiness.


Data Collection is the Hardest Part

(and it doesn't have to be)

The on-going nature of assessment should provide teachers with actionable data that informs planning and instruction. Unfortunately, most reports provided to teachers, administrators and families are not available in real-time and are difficult to interpret. What's the point in collecting data if it is not useful in differentiating development and learning for the children in our classrooms? Reports should be easy to interpret and actionable for parents and administrators looking at progress towards meeting readiness goals. Ignite collects child progress data and provides detailed analysis through an easy to use reporting tool called Hatch Insights.

Content Validation Study for Ignite by Hatch 2019

To ensure the games included in Ignite by Hatch are meaningful to teachers, a field test was conducted with 40 teachers and more than 500 children across three programs, and eight sites. An assessment that is valid in content should sufficiently examine all aspects that define the objective. This paper focuses on field test teachers views on the alignment of Ignite game content to developmentally appropriate expectations for children 28 months through 5 years old.


Family Connection

Ignite provides families with on-going, strengths-based information on their child’s progress towards meeting state specific readiness goals and the developmental milestones they will be working toward next.

Families play a critical role in their child's development. Ignite includes families in a meaningful way. The platform provides parents with visual representations of how a child is performing and empowers them with concrete actions to take the next steps towards another developmental milestone. In report for parents below, Ignite highlights the child's work in the interactive games and provides parents with clear direction on what the child can work on at home to work towards Kindergarten Readiness.

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Automatic Documentation

Integration with GOLD® by Teaching Strategies®

Ignite by Hatch is fully integrated with GOLD® by Teaching Strategies®. As children play, data is collected on their progress and automatically sent to GOLD® as documentation in a child’s portfolio. Ignite provides objective and ongoing documentation, accurately scored for 40 of the 75 Objectives and Dimensions in GOLD® by Teaching Strategies®.

A Complete Solution for Every Classroom

If you need classroom devices, our hardware solutions are built from the ground-up with young children in mind. Built to last, easy and accessible for all types of learners, our tablets and computers are made to withstand the vigorous activity that occurs in an early childhood classroom.

Child playing  a game on a preschool computer by Hatch

Touch Computers

An all-in-one computer for preschool with a child-friendly touchscreen, mouse, keyboard and desk. Each complete solution includes child-safe, developmentally appropriate software for children to play. A printer is included for teachers to easily print child progress data. Ignite by Hatch is a mobile app and can be downloaded on appropriate Windows devices.

Children playing games on preschool tablets by Hatch

Classroom Tablets

Equipped with a patented bumper, a metal body and shatterproof Gorilla® Glass, our preschool tablet is ready for the excitement of a preschool classroom. Each complete solution includes child-safe, developmentally appropriate software for children to play. Ignite by Hatch can be used on any iOS/Android tablet or smartphone.

"Scaffolding through which the learning platform delivers the games makes Hatch a forerunner in early childhood."

Dr. Susan B. Neuman, Ed.D.

Literacy & Language Professor & Department Chair, NYU

Our Team of Experts

Closing the achievement gap is serious business. For that reason, we recruited the best researchers in early childhood to author Ignite by Hatch. Hatch Academic Advisors used their deep research expertise to design each scaffold, review game scripts and play each game to ensure Ignite will prepare students for kindergarten success.

Susan B Newman, Ed.D.

Susan B. Neuman, Ed.D.

Dr. Susan B. Neuman is a specialist in early literacy development. Her research and teaching interests include early childhood policy, curriculum and early reading instruction for children who live in poverty. In her role as the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Neuman established the Early Reading First program, developed the Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program, and was responsible for all activities in Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Act.

 Colleen Uscianowski, Ph.D.

Colleen Uscianowski, Ph.D.

Dr. Colleen Uscianowski holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science in Education from Columbia University and a Master’s in Special Education from Hunter College. She is an enthusiastic educator and researcher in the field of early childhood mathematics and special education. Her passions lie in developing and expanding upon innovative solutions aimed at improving the learning outcomes of struggling students.

 Kelly Vaughn, Ph.D.

Kelly Vaughn, Ph.D.

Kelly received her Ph.D. in Developmental, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurosciences from the University of Houston. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center’s Children’s Learning Institute. Her research focuses on how the brain supports language development, specifically in children who are learning multiple languages.

 Catherine Miller, Ph.D.

Catherine Miller, Ph.D.

Catherine Miller is a literacy researcher and teacher with a focus on reading comprehension, technology and teacher knowledge. She is currently a teacher educator with a focus on preschool through grade 8 reading and writing instruction at Gavilan College and an Associate at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She has also worked as an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Vermont as a managing editor and instructional designer.

Amelia Swabb, M.A.

Amelia Swabb, M.A.

Amelia Swabb is an educational consultant with over ten years of experience in early childhood curriculum development. She has worked at media and publishing companies such as Sesame Street, Scholastic, as well as various schools in teaching roles. She received her M.A. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Teachers College at Columbia University and her BA in Psychology from Brown University.

Jennefer Parks

Jennefer Parks

Jennefer is an education, content and product executive with almost 20 years of experience developing content for early childhood teachers and children, executing professional development and implementation of curriculum, and teaching in Title 1 classrooms.

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