Birth to Age 5
Adults deliberately structure the literacy environment and activities to offer a wide range of developmentally appropriate activities that provide children with choices and hands-on activities.
Adults assist children throughout the day to develop early literacy skills through intentional, developmentally appropriate interactions that draw attention to literacy and the purposes it serves.
Adults share words, songs, and oral and written stories, with an emphasis on stories of a child’s family, community, and culture(s).
Adults expose children to print in the environment.
Adults provide opportunities for children to observe print, including a variety of alphabet books and games and culturally interesting and appropriate materials.
Adults provide opportunities to hear spoken words, songs, words from books and to vocally play with the sounds heard around the child .
Adults actively support and value children’s home language by encouraging children to use it at home and in other early learning settings.