Early Literacy

A child's ability to read and write begins to develop long before entering Kindergarten. Infancy through age eight is the most important time in a child's early literacy development as they learn and develop the skills needed to be successful in school and later in life.

To be ready for success in school, young children need to have a strong foundation of early literacy skills – the skills required before a child starts to read or write. Studies have shown that children who start school with higher levels of these skills go on to have greater academic success.

Building your child's early literacy skills can be both easy and fun when you know what to do. It requires no special tools or specific activities. All it requires is you, interacting with your child during every day routines and activities in ways that encourage your child to learn.

  
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What parents and caregivers can do to help their child learn language and expand vocabulary during fun, everyday activities.
  
Building your child’s early literacy skills can be both easy and fun when you know what to do. It requires no special tools or specific activities. All it requires is you, interacting with your child.
  
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