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Preschoolers Get Big Benefit from Teachers Making One Small Change

Researchers have found that preschoolers whose teachers who make small references to print while reading aloud to children (pointing out letters or words, running finger under words from left to right, etc.) show increased reading skills later when compared to children whose teachers do not. This is a small change for teachers that pays in huge dividends. We can (and do) do this in storytime as well! Read more about the study in this article from Science Daily.

Advocacy Tip for September: Talk to New Preschool Parents

Note: CLEL will be posting a new Advocacy Tip every month. To see all the tips, click on the "Advocacy Tip" tag above.

The new school year has begun! Many school districts are now having “Parent Night” for parents of preschoolers.  Contact your local schools to see if you can speak to the parents about early literacy skill development and the library.

Do you have a great advocacy idea? E-mail it to the chair of our advocacy committee, Nancy Maday:

Does Investing in Early Childhood Education Make Sense for Business?

Post by Lisa C.

Preschool Visits to the Library are Important!

Once a month, Sharon Swingle, a preschool teacher in Ashland Virginia, brings her class of preschoolers to their local library. She began the visits several years earlier because she "wants to instill in the children a love for reading and a comfort level with the way the library works."  The children hear stories read aloud, but then, best of all, are able to choose their own books to check out and take back to the center.

50 Books Your Child Should Read Before Kindergarten? has posted this list of 50 books they reccomend every child should read before entering kindergarten.

Why Don't You Teach Reading?

This month I began my usual round of preschool Open Houses. It's my chance to talk to the parents of the new preschoolers about the library, and, of course, about early literacy, and what they can do at home to help their child get ready to read. One thing I always emphasize, though, is that none of the activities we suggest are TEACHING. They do not need to teach their child to read - but if they share books, sing songs, talk about their day, tell stories, and play with letters, their child's reading sills will develop naturally.

Helping Low-Income Families

Helping Those Who Need It Most

A study published in June by the Urban Institute ("Childhood Poverty Persistence: Facts and Consequences") reports that children who are born into poverty have a significantly higher chance of remaining in poverty throughout their childhoods.

From the summary:

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