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Early Literacy Resources





1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Created by the 1000 Books Foundation, a Nevada nonprofit whose objectives are to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers, and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading.

Center for Early Literacy Learning

This organization promotes the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices.

Child Care & Early Education Research Connections

Promotes high quality research in childcare and early education and the use of that research in policy making.

Cyberchase Mobile Adventures in STEM

Free family activities by text from PBS Kids. Get science and math videos and activities for kids ages 5-8, sent right to your phone.

EarlyLit.net

Website for Saroj Ghoting, Early Childhood Literacy Consultant. Includes multiple resource pages with early literacy websites, research, videos, staff training information, handouts, and activities.

Family Place Libraries

Family Place Libraries is a network of children's librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth, and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families.

Get Ready to Read!

Get Ready to Read is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten.

Jumpstart

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community Corps members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods.

Jbrary

Jbrary is a blog with great storytime resources, including YouTube playlists and ideas about using puppets, music, dance, and more.

National Center for Family Literacy

NCFL provides support and strategies to a network of entities involved in families learning together, including educators, schools, community-based organizations, and libraries.

Parenting Minutes (Available in 4 languages)

WNET’s Parenting Minutes are short videos that focus on key topics related to early childhood learning and raising children. Each video page contains shareable tips and facts, as well as links to more FREE resources and information.

Text 4 Baby

This website, sponsored by Johnson and Johnson, is available to sign up to receive free text messages with information to help families during pregnancy and up until the baby’s first birthday.

Zero to Three: Early Language and Literacy

An evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.

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New York-Based Resources

Bank Street's Guide to Literacy for Volunteers & Tutors

Primary emphasis is placed on early childhood education.

Cool Culture

A New York City-based program that provides parents of young children with support in their role of being their child’s first teacher.

Council on Children and Families: NYS Family Resources

This website is designed to help locate high-quality resources available online, in local libraries or by purchase at various stores.

EarlyChildhood.org

This website has been developed by the NYS Council on Children and Families Head Start Collaboration Project to support professional development and improve the quality of early childhood and school-age programs.

Family Reading Partnership

The Family Reading Partnership is a nonprofit community organization that promotes early literacy.

Literacy INC

Literacy Inc. (LINC) builds neighborhood networks that support young readers.

New York State Parenting Education Partnership

NYSPEP helps professionals — and the parents and primary caregivers of children whom they serve — obtain the skills, tools and support needed to raise healthy, nurtured children.

Raising the Bar

Four-part training series developed by the New York Public Library, in collaboration with CUNY, to equip librarians in New York City and across the country with research-based best practices to inform their early literacy planning and delivery.

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Downloadable Resources

Dialogic Hear and Say Reading PDF file

Adapted by Saroj Ghoting from materials provided by Every Child Ready to Read @ your library. Print two-sided as two "bookmarks".

Helping Your Child Become a Reader

A booklet from the UAlbany Child Research and Study Center addressing some common questions and concerns for parents of children learning to read.

Ready to Read at New York Libraries PDF file

A one page overview of the Ready to Read at New York Libraries statewide initiative.

Last Updated: March 4, 2022