Shelley Pasnik



Shelley Pasnik, EDC vice president and spokesperson for equitable futures for all families, oversees EDC’s global early childhood initiatives. A nationally recognized expert in the thoughtful integration of digital media, she leads the Center for Children & Technology at EDC, where she guides the production of children’s educational services in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Apple, Google, the MIT Media Lab, IBM, the National Science Foundation, and Sesame Workshop, as well as many other public and private partners.

Pasnik has led EDC’s and SRI’s Ready To Learn evaluation for over a decade and is the editor of the book Getting Ready to Learn: Creating Effective, Educational Children’s Media. She appeared in a WQED feature spotlighting the vital role of families in young children’s science learning and is regularly quoted in news outlets, including the Washington Post, Axios, the Christian Science Monitor, EdWeek, and the Wall Street Journal MarketWatch.

In 2019, Pasnik co-authored Integrating Technology into Early Learning: Promising Practices and Checklist with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has served on advisory boards, including Apple ConnectEd, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, and Global Action Project.

Pasnik’s career began at the Center for Media Education, during which time, she testified before the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission on children’s media policy. She holds an MA from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Speaking Highlights

Agency and Voice: Samarthya and Room to Grow

moderator, LEGO Idea Conference
Billund, Denmark
April 2019

National Survey of Parent and Learning

presenter, Summer Science Summit at WQED
Pittsburgh, PA
July 2018

The Ready To Learn Program: A Q-and-A with Shelley Pasnik

New America Foundation
Washington, DC
April 2017

Finding the Sweet Spot: What Problems of Practice are Ripe for Knowledge Generation 

Panelist, White House Symposium on State Implementation of CS for All
Washington, DC
December 2016

Selected Publications

Silander, M., Grindal, T., Hupert, N., Garcia, E., Anderson, K., Vahey, P. & Pasnik, S. (2018). What Parents Talk About When They Talk About Learning: A National Survey About Young Children and Science. New York, NY, & Menlo Park, CA: Education Development Center, Inc., & SRI International.

Pasnik, S., & Hupert, N. (2016). Early STEM learning and the roles of technologies. Waltham, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.

Pasnik, S., Llorente, C., Hupert, N., & Moorthy, S. (2016). Reflections on the Ready To Learn Initiative, 2010 to 2015: How a federal program in partnership with public media supported young children’s equitable learning during a time of great change. New York, NY, & Menlo Park, CA: Education Develoment Center, Inc., & SRI International.

Pasnik, S., Llorente, C., Hupert, N., & Moorthy, S. (2016). Dramatic change, persistent challenges: A five-year view of children’s educational media as resources for equity. Journal of Children and Media, 10(2),229-237.

Pasnik, S., Moorthy, S., Llorente, C., Hupert, N., Dominguez, X., & Silander, M. (2015). Supporting parent-child experiences with PEG+CAT early math concepts: Report to the CPB-PBS Ready To Learn Initiative. New York, NY, & Menlo Park, CA: Education Develoment Center, Inc., & SRI International.

Selected Resources


EDC and SRI International conducted an independent study of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) KIDS Play & Learn Science app, which includes in-app and direct hands-on science explorations for children ages 3 to 6 and their parents.


This report, intended for early childhood educators, offers five evidence-based recommendations for integrating technology tools, such as computers and tablets, into a variety of early learning settings.


This report, intended for early childhood educators, identifies promising practices to support emergent bilinguals in a variety of early childcare settings.


This checklist provides early childhood educators with practical information about integrating educational technology in their classrooms.