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Lisa directs the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan think tank in Washington, D.C., where she focuses on how to scale up high-quality learning environments for young children, birth through age 8. A journalist by training, Lisa has been a technology and education writer at the New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education and has written about technology, education and social science issues for a wide variety of publications, including Newsweek,, Consumer Reports, Ladies Home Journal, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The American Prospect, and others. She edits the Early Ed Watch blog, which focuses on policy and research in early learning, and she also blogs occasionally at The Huffington Post.

Lisa’s most recent book is Screen Time: How Electronic Media – From Baby Videos to Educational Software – Affects Your Young Child (Basic Books, 2012). The book is an update to Into the Minds of Babes: How Screen Time Affects Children From Birth to Age 5, published in 2007. She contributed a chapter to Mobile Technology for Children: Designing for Interaction and Learning (Morgan Kaufman, 2009) and wrote one of the first Internet handbooks focused on education: College.Edu: A Guide for the Cyber-Savvy Student (1997-2010). Lisa can be found at her institutional home (The Early Education Initiative), on Twitter at @LisaGuernsey, or enjoying family life in Northern Virginia with her husband and two daughters.

Screen Time

How Electronic Media – From Baby Videos to Educational Software – Affects Your Young Child

Screen Time

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