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Top 10 Resources on Early Literacy Development

Learn more about how very young children acquire the language and phonemic awareness skills that will help them become strong readers, warning signs of delayed development, and how parents can support their child's literacy skills through meaningful conversation and read alouds.
  1. How Does Your Child Hear and Talk?
    Every child is unique and has an individual rate of development. This chart represents, on average, the age by which most children will accomplish skills in hearing, understanding, and talking.
  2. Activities to Encourage Speech and Language Development
    The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association offers these age-appropriate ways that parents can engage their young children to help develop speech and language abilities.
  3. Literacy Milestones: Birth to Age 3
    Identifying a reading problem is a challenge without a sense for what typical literacy development looks like. Find out what language accomplishments are typical for most children from birth to age three.
  4. The Roots of Reading
    Hosted by Fred Rogers, The Roots of Reading looks at the earliest stages of literacy in such locations as a baby speech lab and a Head Start center. The show examines how parents, childcare providers, and kindergarten teachers can get children started on the road to literacy. This program is part of our PBS Launching Young Readers series about how children learn to read, why so many struggle, and what we can do to help.
  5. Parent Reading Tips
    A child's success as a reader begins much earlier than the first day of school. Reading, and a love for reading, begins at home. Our one-page Parent Tips offer easy ways for parents of babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners to help their kids become successful readers. (in English and 10 other languages).
  6. Environmental Print
    Letters are all around us! Here are some ideas to use print found in your everyday environment to help develop your child's reading skills.
  7. Get Ready to Read: Screening Tool
    "Get Ready to Read" is a free, research-based, and easy-to-use screening tool. It consists of 20 questions that parents and caregivers can ask a four-year-old to see if he or she is on track for learning how to read.
  8. Advocating for Your Preschool Child
    It's never too early to start looking for ways to help your child succeed in learning. This article covers children who are under 2 and who are in pre-school. They have rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Find out the first steps to take if you suspect your child has difficulty learning.
  9. From Babbling to Books
    In this one-hour professional development webcast, Todd R. Risley, Sharon Landesman Ramey, and Julie Washington discussing research-based strategies for developing language and pre-reading skills in young children.
  10. Research on Early Literacy and Preschool
    Browse our library of selected research studies that investigate issues important to early literacy and preschool, including evidence of the effect of quality preschool on school readiness and characteristics of quality pre-K programs.
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