Educators and Child Care Providers Teaching Early Literacy Skills
It is well documented that the first five years of life are critical to a child’s lifelong development. Early experiences influence brain development, which establish brain connections that provide the basis for language, reasoning, problem solving, social skills, behavior, and emotional wellbeing. Nationwide, 70% of children under age six spend most of their weekday waking hours in child care and not with their parents. Thus, early care and education providers are uniquely positioned to influence the reading development of children, providing a solid base for their success in school.
Both the self-paced course and parent sections allow participants, both parents/others and educators/providers, to share ideas, videos, and comments to help others enhance childrens’ early learning experiences. Please consider posting your thoughts and creative ideas, or commenting on others’ postings, in the Forum Discussions. You may also post videos of activities that describe how you implement concepts presented in the course by clicking on Submit Your Own Activity. The fact that parents of young children are in the workforce means that supporting development is increasingly dependent upon the collaboration of the family and early care and education providers.
As you proceed through the lessons, you may enter the Parent/Other section to view information, activities and videos that help to promote children’s literacy interactions in the home and other natural and social settings. You may then return to where you left off in the Educator/Provider section.