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Early Literacy Development

Infants, toddlers and preschoolers develop oral language and pre-literacy skills everyday that will help them become readers. It's an exciting and critical time of learning! Parents, teacher and childcare providers can find additional information about our youngest learners in the sections on Preschool and Childcare, Oral Language, Print Awareness, Phonemic Awareness, and in the section especially for preschool teachers

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Our PBS Television Series:
Launching Young Readers

Fred Rogers

Find out about the early building blocks of learning to read and the importance of reading aloud.

Rita Moreno

Explore the challenges of teaching English language learners to read, and the different ways schools are working to create bilingual readers.

Henry Winkler

Learn how brain scientists are working to solve the puzzle of why some children struggle to read and others don't.

Professional Development Webcasts

Professional Development Webcasts

Listen, watch, and learn from top experts in these engaging roundtable discussions. Each webcast features a 60–minute video as well as recommended readings and suggested discussion questions.

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