Early Learning Resources

The Special Education National Activities—Parent Information Centers
Is designed to ensure that parents of children with disabilities receive training and information to help them improve educational outcomes for their children.

These organizations can help provide information or assistance related to early learning.

Selected Early Learning Publications

From the Department of Education

Dual Language Learners in the Early Years: Getting Ready to Succeed in School
This report examines the conditions of early childhood for dual language learners (DLLs) from a variety of angles and discusses the degree to which the nation is succeeding in preparing DLLs for kindergarten and first grade.

Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel
This report of the National Early Literacy Panel examines the implications of instructional practices used with children from birth through age five.

Early Beginnings: Early Literacy Knowledge and Instruction
This guide is to help early childhood administrators, supervisors, and professional development staff provide teachers with the support and training needed to increase their knowledge base and refine current literacy practice.

Teaching Our Youngest: Guide for Preschool Teachers, Child Care and Family Providers
This guide discusses how to help children develop their language abilities, increase their knowledge, become familiar with books and other printed materials, learn letters and sounds, recognize numbers, and learn to count.

Helping Your Preschool Child
How well children will learn and develop and how well they will do in school depends on a number of things, including their health and physical well-being, social and emotional preparation, and language skills and general knowledge of the world. This booklet highlights techniques parents can use to encourage their children to develop the skills necessary for success in school and life by focusing on activities that make learning fun. En Español | More "Helping Your Child" publications

If You Think There's a Problem—Helping Your Child Become a Reader
When a child is having a language or reading problem, the reason might be simple to understand and deal with or it might be complicated and require expert help. En Español

Learning to Talk and Listen
An oral language resource for early childhood caregivers.

Words All Around
Language Building Tips for Center-Based and Home-Based Child Care Providers

Shining Stars: Toddlers Get Ready To Read: How Parents Can Help Their Toddlers Get Ready To Read
Shining Stars: Preschoolers Get Ready To Read: How Parents Can Help Their Preschoolers Get Ready To Read
Shining Stars: Kindergartners Learn To Read: How Parents Can Help Their Kindergartners Learn To Read
Shining Stars: First Graders Learn To Read: How Parents Can Help Their First Graders Learn To Read
Shining Stars: Second & Third Graders Learn To Read: How Parents Can Help Their Second & Third Graders learn to Read
These publications for parents describe strategies proven to work by the most rigorous scientific research available on the teaching of reading.

Tool Kit for Hispanic Families
How to help your child succeed in school and resources that can help.

Parent Power, Build the Bridge to Success
This guide has tools to help parents take responsibility for their child's success.

Typical Language Accomplishments for Children, Birth to Age 6—Helping Your Child Become a Reader
Learning to read is built on a foundation of language skills that children start to learn at birth—a process that is both complicated and amazing. Most children develop certain skills as they move through the early stages of learning language.

From the National Research Council

Eager to Learn: Educating Our Preschoolers
Research findings on how children's early experiences lay the foundations for their later social and emotional behavior, as well as their literacy and cognitive development.

Early Childhood Assessment: Why, What, and How
A look at how assessments that are well designed, effectively implemented, developed in the context of systematic planning, and interpreted and used appropriately can inform teaching and program improvement, and contribute to better outcomes for children.

Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood: Paths Toward Excellence and Equity
Information about the critical areas that should be the focus of young children's early mathematics education, explores the extent to which they are currently being incorporated in early childhood settings, and identifies the changes needed to improve the quality of mathematics experiences for young children. This book can be viewed on-line for free at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12519#description

Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children
A summary report that examines research findings to provide an integrated picture of how reading develops and the importance of high-quality preschool and kindergarten environments and their contribution to providing a critical foundation to facilitate children's acquisition of essential reading skills.

Starting Out Right: A Guide to Promoting Children's Reading Success
How children learn to read and how adults can help them.

From the Department of Health and Human Services

Compendium of Quality Rating Systems and Evaluations
The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) offers this compendium which provides definitions, description, and an analytic framework for assessing the critical elements of Quality Rating and Assessment Systems (QRS) and QRS evaluations.

Revisiting and Updating the Multicultural Principles for Head Start Programs Serving Children Ages Birth to Five
This publication highlights the ten original Multicultural Principles (1991) and includes a brief research review, key implications, stories from the Head Start community, as well as reflective questions or activities.

Make the Most of Playtime
This publication features tips for how parents can help children learn and develop new skills through play.

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