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Birth – 5

Project Enlightenment Educator Resources (birth-age 5)

See the Wake County Public School System’s video A Parent’s guide for Early Literacy Learning

See Every Child Ready to Read

See activities/playlists supporting early literacy for birth-age 5 on the Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment

English Language Learners Resources for Educators

See the NAEYC position statement Where we Stand on Learning to Read and Write and the article Bridging the Gap: What the Research Tells Us About Vocabulary Instruction in Early Childhood.

To learn more about the importance of talk and vocabulary, read the articles: Language Gap Between Rich and Poor Children Begins in Infancy, Talking With Young Children:How Teachers Encourage Learning and Talking Directly to Toddlers Strengthens Their Language Skills.

Use the downloadable materials from this website to create letter books.

See NC Early Childhood Foundation for resources and tools supporting children birth to age 8.

Scholastic: Teachers Resources & Tools

Reading is Fundamental Literacy Resources

Marbles Kids Museum Educator Resources

Great resource for readers – SAS Curriculum Pathways

See the  Mind in the Making article Neuroscience Improves Early Childhood Education Quality.

See Using Children’s Books to Support Social-Emotional Development.

For tips and resources to support educators, parents and young children see Get Ready to Read! which is a service of the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

To learn about Early English Language and Early Spanish Language Development Standards see WIDA.

For effective solutions for educators and practitioners working with prekindergarten-grade 12 English Language Learners see CAL (Center for Applied Linguistics).

See Education Matters: 30 Million Word Gap in English and Spanish for a helpful flyer for parents.

For information about child development and literacy and learning see the SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro: About Stepping Stones to Literacy.


Center for Early Literacy Learning

  • Resources that support early literacy learning with children identified with disabilities and developmental delays.
  • Tools, materials and training to provide support in understanding and implementing early literacy practices.
  • CELL Training Model which offers resources that support implementation of evidence based early literacy intervention practices.
  • Presentations for Early Childhood Educators

Zero to Three

Council for Professional Recognition

  • Article: Play All Day: Explaining the Importance of Play to Parents
  • Article: Playing is a Valuable Way to Learn
  • Article: Use Big Words with Little Kids
  • Article: Use Summer to Refresh Your Reading Time With Children
  • Article: Baby Talk

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