Hatch, Inc. Receives Highest Accreditation from SMART(TM) Technologies for TeachSmart(R) Learning System Software

October 20, 2009

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ — Hatch® (http://www.hatchearlychildhood.com) announces that the TeachSmart® Learning System (http://www.teachsmartlearningsystem.com), the only pre-kindergarten educational software accredited by SMART(TM) Technologies, has been elevated to Select Level status, the highest level of accreditation granted by the SMART Software Accreditation Program (SAP). Select Level accreditation designates that a product is approved for use with SMART(TM) products, integrated with SMART Board(TM) Tools and specifically designed for use in SMART(TM) Notebook software.

The TeachSmart® Learning System is an interactive, hands-on technology tool which enables early childhood teachers to easily plan over 1,100 playful and purposeful activities for children. Hatch has installed over 700 systems in pre-kindergarten classrooms across the U.S. since June 2008, including installations for many Early Reading First grantees. “Over the past 25 years Hatch has gained recognition as the leading provider of technology solutions for early childhood classrooms,” stated Ginny Norton, Hatch President. “This recent accreditation from SMART for the TeachSmart® Learning System demonstrates that Hatch continues to innovate by offering the highest level of interactive whiteboard content.”

The TeachSmart® Learning System offers over 1,100 exclusive, customized and scaffolded activities that reflect the latest scientific research for pre-literacy and mathematics concept acquisition in young children, as well as powerful features for teachers such as digital portfolios. TeachSmart® Learning System activities are aligned with findings from the National Early Literacy Panel (NELP), the accreditation standards for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Head Start Child Outcomes and the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS). Teachers receive extensive training and professional development after each installation to ensure they can successfully implement the TeachSmart® Learning System into their classrooms.

Hatch also offers technology solutions such as the Hatch® Computer Learning Center and turnkey Infant, Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten Instant Classrooms®, all grounded in current early childhood research and aligned with national and state standards. View videos of these solutions online at http://www.hatchearlychildhood.com.

Hatch® believes in supporting educators while developing young minds. Founded in 1982, Hatch is the nation’s leading provider of appropriate technology in early childhood classrooms and markets a full line of early childhood developmentally-appropriate products. Hatch is committed to providing customers with the highest level of service, support and training. For more information please contact Kami Periman at (800) 624-7968, ext. 1116 or email kperiman@hatchearlychildhood.com.

SOURCE Hatch, Inc.

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