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The Every Child Ready to Read® (ECRR) Second Edition is a toolkit of resources that enables public libraries and other early literacy centers to present workshops that help prepare parents/caregivers for their critical role as their child's first teacher. The workshops demonstrate how parents, grandparents, childcare providers, and preschool teachers can use five simple research-based practices—talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing—to develop language and pre-reading skills in children from birth to age five.
Based on research and feedback from the original Every Child Ready to Read® (ECRR) program, the ECRR Second Edition continues to focus on the parent/caregiver as well as on community partnerships and outreach efforts; however there are several key enhancements, including more workshops (8), fluid talking points versus scripts, and customizable PowerPoints.
Every Child Ready to Read ®2nd Edition Toolkit Contents:
1. Manual (binder-ready, three-hole punched and tabbed)
- Introduction and early literacy background
- Printout of each ECRR workshop presentation and talking points
- Instructions to customize presentations
- Participant handouts to reinforce workshop content
2. CD with PowerPoint presentations and resources for the eight ECRR workshops
- Workshops for Staff
- Staff Workshop PowerPoint: This workshop provides early literacy information, introduces the five simple early literacy practices, and offers instructions for conducting the ECRR presentations, using the Parent Workshop as an example.
- Early Literacy and Learning Spaces Workshop: This workshop discusses how to use design principles to create an environment that supports and encourage early literacy skills.
- Community Partner Workshop: This workshop is for library staff and community partners and prompts a conversation on how the library and partners can use the new ECRR materials to promote early literacy in the community.
- Workshops for Parents
- Parent Workshop: This workshop is for parents, grandparents, childcare providers, preschool teachers, and other caregivers. It provides information to help parents and caregivers understand the importance of early literacy education at home and offers practical fun tips they can use to help their children get ready to read.
- Workshops for Parents and Children
- Fun for Parents and Children Workshop: This workshop presents the five early literacy practices along with activities that parents/caregivers and children can enjoy together.
- Fun with Letters: This workshop presents the five early literacy practices along with activities that parents/caregivers and children can use to help children learn letter names and sounds.
- Fun with Words: This workshop presents the five early literacy practices along with activities that parents/caregivers and children can use to help children learn new words and their meanings.
- Fun with Science and Math: This workshop presents the five early literacy practices along with science and math activities that parents/caregivers and children can use to help children learn more about the world, acquire new vocabulary, and develop other early literacy skills.
3. Bookmarks (one pack of 100)– Hand out this informative bookmark to promote ECRR workshops and to inform patrons of the importance of early literacy education at home.
4. Poster (one) – Display this engaging poster at your library to promote ECRR workshops and remind parents/caregivers of the five simple early literacy practices. Poster measures 22" x 34".
5. Brochure (one pack of 100)– This colorful brochure is a handy take-home item that explains the five simple early literacy practices. It includes practical ideas and activities to help parents/caregivers get their children ready to read.
The Bookmarks, Poster, and Brochures are also available to purchase separately (in case your library need extras).