Early Learning and Pre-Literacy Activities

  1. Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy. Reach Out and Read for Parents and Educators 1 page . 2011. Chinese English Spanish Vietnamese . http://www.reachoutandread.org/parents/milestones/

    This developmental milestone chart was written by pediatricians and provides guidance for parents and doctors on appropriate book-related behaviors for ages 6 months through 5 years. The chart outlines the motor and cognitive skill development - related to reading - at various age ranges and includes tips for parents to aid in the development of the child's attachment to books and reading skills.

  2. Getting School Ready. Foundation for Early Learning 18 page s . 2010. Cambodian Chinese English Korean Oromo Russian Somali Spanish Tagalog Vietnamese . http://www.lovetalkplayshop.org/

    This booklet is a free guide for parents, families and caregivers to help prepare children for kindergarten.

  3. Helping Your Child Become a Reader With Activities for Children from Infancy through Age 6. Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs 59 page s . August 2002. English Spanish . http://www.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/hyc.html

    When parents and other family members read with their children, help them with homework, talk with their teachers, and participate in school or other learning activities, they give their children a tremendous advantage. This booklet includes activities for families with children from infancy through age 6. The booklet's activities make learning experiences out of the everyday routines in which parents and children participate--most use materials that are found in the home or that can be had free-of-charge from the local library. Also included are: a reading checklist; list of typical age-related language accomplishments; list of resources for families/caregivers; and a list of resources for children.

  4. Literacy Resources. Washington Learning Systems page s . n.d.. Chinese English Russian Somali Spanish Vietnamese . http://www.walearning.com/resources/on-the-go/

    Introduces parents of children at or below preschool age to activities they can initiate with their children for encouraging early language and literacy development. Activities are intended for use with children of all developmental levels, including those with developmental challenges, and offer hints for tailoring them to be developmentally appropriate. Materials include 14 "on-the-go" activities to foster development from birth through preschool age; 46 parent-child activities just for preschool-age children; and 20 "birth to age three" materials. All materials complement the Language is the Key video programs and were sponsored by grants from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs.

  5. National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning. National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning page s . n.d.. English Spanish . http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/teaching

    The center supports Head Start with effective resources and training to improve classroom practices and help young children succeed in school and life. Information related to disabilities (services for children with disabilities, staff support, working with families), early childhood development (assessment, environments, dual language learners and their families, individualizing, involving families and parents, nature based learning and curriculum) are features on the website for Head Start staff, parents and community.(Description from source)

  6. On the Go Parent Tools. Washington Learning Systems, LLC 14 page s . 2009. Burmese Chinese English Russian Somali Spanish Vietnamese . http://www.walearning.com/resources/on-the-go/

    This collection of 14 activities is designed to encourage early language and literacy development from birth through preschool.  These materials are meant to help parents interact more with their children while “on the go” in order to encourage early literacy and positive parent-child interactions. (Description from source)

  7. One Child, Two Languages: A Guide for Early Childhood Educators of Children Learning English as a Second Language. Tabors, Patton O. 256 page s . 2008. English . http://products.brookespublishing.com/One-Child-Two-Languages-P90.aspx

    This book gives teachers up-to-date research, usable information, and essential tools to meet the needs of second language learners in today's learning environments.

  8. PBS Parents. Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) page s . 2003. English . http://www.pbs.org/parents/child-development/

    An online resource that's filled with information about child development and early learning from birth through the early school years. Created with input from experts in child psychology, early childhood education, media and other fields. PBS Parents provided the answers parents need in order to be their child's first, best teacher. They also provide valuable school-related resources for parents and caregivers including education and child development sections, a section on children with disabilities, and tips for going to school.



  9. Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development. Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) , Office of Head Start’s National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR) 48 page s . 2013. Arabic English Nepali Somali Spanish . http://www.brycs.org/documents/upload/handbook-supporting-early-learning-and-healthy-development.pdf http://brycs.org/documents/upload/handbook-supporting-early-learning-and-healthy-development-arabic.pdf http://brycs.org/documents/upload/handbook-supporting-early-learning-and-healthy-development-spanish.pdf

    BRYCS and the Office of Head Start's National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR) have partnered to create "Raising Children in a New Country:  Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development,"  an illustrated handbook for newcomer families parenting young children!  Building on the original BRYCS publication, "Raising Children in a New Country: An Illustrated Handbook," this new handbook addresses the following themes:  Family Well-Being, Safety and Protection, Guidance and Discipline, Healthy Brain Development, Early Learning and School Readiness, and Connecting to Early Care and Education.

    Also see Ways to Use Raising Young Children in a New Country Handbook. It is designed to support Head Start and Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS), Refugee Resettlement staff, and other early care and education providers in using and applying concepts from the Handbook. 

    Handbook Tip Sheets are also available and correspond to the themes in the Handbook and include conversation starters, cultural considerations, and additional resources for each theme.

  10. Ready to Learn, Ready to Read. Early Learning Public Library Partnership 1 page . 2008. Chinese English Spanish . https://www2.ed.gov/teachers/how/read/rrrl/ready2read.pdf

    This brochure is a free guide features helpful tips for parents and caregivers on how public libraries can support your child's learning. 

  11. Resource Guide: Building a Bright Future for All- Success in Early Learning Programs and Elementary School for Immigrant Families. U.S. Department of Education (DOE) 56 page s . January 2017. English . https://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/focus/early-learning-teacher-and-parent-resource-guide.pdf

    This resource from the Department of Education aims to assist and enhance state and local efforts to support immigrant children from birth through the elementary grades.

  12. The Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHS NRC). The Early Head Start National Resource Center page s . 2011. English Spanish . http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc

    This program creates new resources and shares information related to the unique needs of infants, toddlers, and expectant families and EHS and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Programs.  Topics featured on the site include; child development and early learning, Early Head Start models, family engagement and relationships, health, safety and nutrition, program design and management, research, webcasts and multimedia and online lessons. (Description from source)

  13. The Ready, Set, Learn Initiative. British Columbia Ministry of Educaiton 28 page s . 2009. Arabic Chinese English French Hindi Japanese Korean Punjabi Russian Spanish Tagalog Vietnamese . http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/early_learning/rsl/

    This initiative recognizes that all families need positive connections with school systems and community agencies. Resources include an age-appropriate book for children and a parent/family kit with a booklet of helpful tips for supporting their preschooler's learning and development. Although a collaborative initiative between three government agencies in Canada, these multilingual materials can provide helpful information to families in the U.S. as well. (Description from source)

  14. ToolKit for Hispanic Families: Resources to Help Students Succeed in School. United States Department of Education page s . 2006. English Spanish . http://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/involve/2006toolkit/index.html

    This tool kit was developed with guidance from over 1,800 Hispanic parents at Parent Information and Resource Centers across the country. It includes sections on "You and Your Elementary School-Aged Children", "A Challenging High School Education for All", "You and Your Preschool Child", "Tips for Helping Children Learn to Read", "School Success for Your Child", and "No Child Left Behind: Help for Students and Their Families".