Supporting Literacy in Early Care and Education Settings


“Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to improve a child’s readiness to read and learn” (Read Aloud 15 MINUTES, 2014). It’s never too early to start! Reading to a child and exposing him/her to books should start during infancy, a time when brain development is rapid.

Early Literacy Facts

  • From birth to age 3 are critical years in the development of language skills.
  • More than 1 in 3 children arrive at kindergarten without the skills necessary for lifetime learning.
  • Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning.
  • The number of words a child knows upon entering kindergarten is a key predictor of his or her success.
  • Reading to yourself and/or to a child demonstrates that reading is important, pleasurable, and valued.
  • Reading aloud builds literacy skills: vocabulary, phonics, familiarity with the printed word, storytelling, and comprehension.
  • More than 15% of young children (3.1 million) are read to by family members fewer than three times a week.
  • Only 48% of young children in the U.S. are read to each day.

Source: National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education

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