What is Early Literacy?

Early literacy is what children know about reading before they can read and write. Research shows that a child's early literacy skills develop during their first 5 years of life, years before they start school.

As parents and caregivers, we can help our children become better readers by fostering an atmosphere that is fun and stimulating. Don't 'teach reading', just have fun and offer opportunities to read, be read to, sing, and listen.

Five of the best ways to help your child get ready to read are: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing and Playing.


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Every Child Ready to Read
Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® (ECRR) is a parent education initiative. It stresses early literacy begins with the primary adults in a child's life. The ECRR toolkit empowers public libraries to assume an essential role in supporting early literacy within a community.

Great Start Collaborative
The Great Start Collaborative of Gratiot and Isabella Counties is a partnership of community leaders, business owners, charitable and faith-based organizations, health and human service agencies, educators and parents. Created to establish and maintain a comprehensive early childhood system, the collaborative was created for YOU!

Zero to Three
ZERO TO THREE is a national, non-profit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in the lives of infants and toddlers.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.

Healthy Children
Healthy Children is the parent information site provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics whose mission is "to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults".

Reading is Fundamental
RIF's mission is to: Ensure that every child believes in the value of books and the importance of reading. Assist children and their families with the fundamental resources children need to become motivated to read. Lead in the creation and development of national, regional and local collaborations building strong community-based children’s and family literacy programs.

Reading Rockets
Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

Ready to Learn
PBS KIDS Raising Readers is a national literacy campaign, and part of the Ready To Learn initiative, focused on building reading skills at home, at school, in child care, and in the community.

Can't remember the lyrics to your favorite childhood song? Try KIDiddles which also has the music of hundreds of songs to help you remember the melodies.