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Early Literacy Initiative - Additional resources
Additional resources
Topics covered in this section:
     - General Early Literacy resources
            Jump to Useful Early Literacy websites
            Jump to Other Early Literacy initiatives
            Jump to Additional resources from this site
     - Books and reading
     - Activities, handouts, and library programs
     - Child development
     - Research and professional resources

General Early Literacy resources
In addition to the resources provided on this website, the internet holds a wealth of additional resources that you may find helpful in planning your Early Literacy activities. Many of these sites may also be valuable sources of information for you, potential funders, parents, or caregivers.
Below you will find several Useful Early Literacy websites that provide a general overview of issues in early chilhood education. Many of the other resources found here were taken from these sites. You will also find links to Other Early Literacy initiatives, many of which include booklists, handouts, research, data sources, handouts, and much more. Finally, in case you missed them, we've included links to Additional resources from this site and the Oregon State Library.
And don't forget to check out the other resources in this section:
If you have other links, documents, or other resources you'd like to include here, please contact us.

Useful Early Literacy websites
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Description: AAP's website includes relevant, current information on child development, health issues, and milestones in early literacy development. This resource is particularly helpful for staying up-to-date on child development research. Also, check out their site on Early Literacy: AAP Children's Health Topics - Literacy.
Colorín Colorado
Description: Information, activities, and advice for Spanish-speaking parents and ESL educators. Their website provides a wealth of resources in both English and Spanish that promote early reading skills and encourage parents to read to their children.
Early Literacy, Telecollaborative Project Description: Teaching strategies, activities, songs, books, parent information, and literacy links compiled by the Edmonton Catholic School District in Canada together with several community and internet partners.
Georgia Libraries - Children's and Youth Services Staff Handbook (PDF) Description: A children's services manual for public libraries provided by the University of Georgia. The manual includes extensive sections on child development, Early Literacy, children's programming, and more.
Mother Goose Programs - Literacy Description: Book lists, programs, suggested activities, research and literacy standards compiled by the Vermont Center for the Book to encourage work with young children.
National Center for Family Literacy
Description: NCFL is dedicated to developing literacy in children and families. They provide training, conferences, policy advocacy, and resources to help literacy education providers. In particular, check out their "Resources" section to find reading tips, literacy facts, a calendar of literacy events, and much more.
National Network for Child Care
Description: NNCC supports child care providers and others who work with children. Their "Articles & Resources" section includes thousands of articles relevant to working with young children, including articles specifically on Literacy and Language.
PBS Parents
Description: A site provided by the Public Broadcasting Service, this resource includes developmental timelines, suggestions for building intellectual skills in children, activities to accompany popular PBS programming, and a book search that can be filtered by age and/or theme.
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)
Description: RIF is the largest U.S. nonprofit dedicated to family literacy. They provide free books, programs, news, and training for parents and literacy educators. Their "Educators" section includes articles, lesson plans, and other useful resources. The "Parents" section includes a wealth of activities and recommended books tailored to specific age groups.
Reading Rockets
Description: A project by the public television station WETA, Reading Rockets promotes reading in children with articles, parental advice, teaching strategies, research, and much more.
Ready at Five Partnership
Description: A nonprofit based in Maryland, the Ready at Five Partnership seeks to ensure that children are ready to learn by kindergarten. Their website includes practical activities to develop skills in young children, facts and figures on school readiness, and parent tips on a variety of topics.
Zero to Three
Description: Zero to Three has become one of the leading resources on early childhood development. Their website addresses brain and child development, early literacy, and parenting, and it provides handouts, Spanish language materials, and links to other resources.

Other Early Literacy initiatives
Born to Read
Source: Association for Library Service to Children
Read To Me
Source: Idaho Commission for Libraries
Love To Read
Source: National Black Child Development Institute
Every Child Ready To Read @ Your Library
Source: Public Library Association
Read To Your Bunny Campaign
Source: Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Early Learning Initiative for Wisconsin Public Libraries
Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Additional resources from this site
Early Literacy surveys
Description: The results of these surveys - conducted to help plan for this Initiative - include ideas about what libraries are doing in Early Literacy.
Environmental scan
Description: This document - a compilation of the research conducted for this Initiative - includes pertinent research and facts, data sources and reports on Early Literacy, best practices, training materials, media coverage, Early Literacy toolkits, and more.
Ready to Read grant projects
Description: Many public libraries use their Ready to Read grant program monies very imaginatively.  See how other public libraries have been using their to improve services to children.
Regional meeting handouts, notes, and contact information
Description: During the nine regional meetings that were conducted for this project, we asked libraries and community partners for ideas on how to promote Early Literacy.  The handouts and notes include some great suggestions for how to improve your early childhood programs and talking points for why Early Literacy is so crucial.  Use the contact information to help you find potential partners in your Early Literacy efforts.
Sample Community Meeting Agenda: Grants Collaboration  (RTF)
Description: Great work can be achieved through collaboration.  This sample agenda can help you bring together other early childhood educators to discuss an Early Literacy plan for your community, and help acquire funding.

Early Literacy table of contents

• Early Literacy home
• About the Initiative
• Why Early Literacy?
• What libraries can do
• What libraries are doing
• How to obtain funding
Additional resources
• What's next?
• Contact us