On our website, you will find a wealth of activities that suggest simple, fun ideas for promoting language and literacy during daily routines. Each activity is followed by “hints” that help parents of infants and toddlers adjust the activity to match the developmental level of their child. The activities are appropriate for children with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically.
A free app from Vroom provides daily learning tips to parents of young children on their mobile device. The activities build on everyday routines and activities, recognizing that busy parents with limited time need to build on existing routines rather than adding something new to their day. Vroom helps parents make the most of their time by integrating brain building activities into mealtime, bath time, and even clean-out-the-closets-time.
Researchers at Stanford sent regular text messages to parents to enhance Kindergarten readiness and literacy in San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). Three times per week for eight months, 440 parents received quick facts and tips about how to promote literacy with their 4-year-olds. In other words, they received a literacy “nudge.” A control group received a “placebo” message, with enrollment facts and procedures, two times per week.
Oregon is reaching out to unserved and underserved young children and families. The goal is Kindergarten readiness and literacy. We recently had the opportunity to work with early childhood education and care trainers from across Oregon. They came together to take the first step toward using Language is the Key statewide.
Early education and childcare service providers have access to excellent information on basic job safety and health concerns. Guidelines for safe lifting, disease prevention, fall avoidance, and other workplace safety concerns are readily available.
Data collected by the U. S. Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights revealed startling opportunity gaps across America, beginning in preschool. The report is based on data from all 97,000 schools, 16,500 school districts, and 49 million students across the U.S.
A new report from the National Governors Association examines the gap between research and policy and describes policy actions that states can take to ensure that all children are reading at grade-level by third grade.
The journal First Language (Nyhout & O’Neill, 2013) reports that children hear more complex language when parents use a storybook with only pictures compared to a picture vocabulary book, or what is referred to in the research as a “didactic” book.
Decision makers are now realizing just how important early education is, and state, federal, and local support for educational services for young children is growing quickly.
Language is the Key videos provide multiple looks at effective ways to engage children in conversation. The narration is excellent and appropriate for parents, child care providers, and PK teachers.
Alison Bell Iowa Parent Information Resource Center Early Childhood Team Leader Cedar Falls, Iowa