Early Childhood & Literacy
We must ensure that ALL children enter school ready to read. Learning to read and write is critical for success in school and throughout life. By starting early, we recognize learning to read begins long before a child enters school.
Family members and early caregivers must build a foundation for literacy by talking and reading daily to babies and toddlers. Long before a baby babbles or says a first word she is beginning to develop skills necessary to learn how to talk and read. In addition, caregivers and preschool teachers must be given the education and training needed to help young children develop language and literacy skills.
Reading to a young child, even before a baby can hold a book, creates an appreciation for what books offer. Parents and caregivers will find that talking, singing, and reading will help their young children be ready for school.
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