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Early Learning: Resources for Parents [downloadable]

reading198Learning begins in the womb. And, from the moment they are born, children begin interacting with the world around them and building critical skills. What they learn in their first few years of life—and how they learn it—can have long-lasting effects on their health and on their later success in school and in work.

Early learning refers to the skills and concepts that children develop before they reach kindergarten. It is a crucial part of development and can set patterns for both school and adult learning.The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) offers a variety of booklets, brochures and online resources that parents can use with young children to build language skills and prepare and learn to read at specific ages.

A Child Becomes a Reader series

This series of booklets resulted from a collaborative effort by the former National Institute for Literacy, the U.S. Department of Education, and the NICHD—called the Partnership for Reading—to bring the findings of evidence-based reading research to those with an interest in helping all people learn to read well. The booklets describe activities that parents can do with their children to improve reading skills at specific ages.

A Child Becomes a Reader: Birth to Preschool
A Child Becomes a Reader: Kindergarten Through Grade Three

Shining Stars series

Like the Child Becomes a Reader series, these publications were created as part of the Partnership for Reading. They describe ways for parents to help their children prepare and learn to read at specific ages.

Shining Stars: Toddlers Get Ready to Read
Shining Stars: Preschoolers Get Ready to Read
Shining Stars: Kindergartners Learn to Read
Shining Stars: First Graders Learn to Read
Shining Stars: Second and Third Graders Learn to Read

Put Reading First: Helping Your Child Learn to Read
This brochure, which is based on the findings of the National Reading Panel, describes activities that parents can do with their children to improve reading skills. It is also available in Spanish as La Lectura Es Lo Primero: Como Ayudar A Su Hijo A Aprender.

These resources may be downloaded in PDF format.

Source: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, DHHS | Early Learning: Resources for Parents, https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/early-learning/resources/parents | Last reviewed date

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