Term Early Literacy Development Programs
Code HH-4500.1800
Definition Programs that promote pre-literacy and language development skills in children from birth to age five with the objective of preparing them to read. Program activities are both educational and social and focus on helping participants develop oral language skills, expand their vocabulary, develop the concept of a word, have exposure to printed words and connect them to stories, develop phonological and phoneme awareness (sounds associated with letters and words), and recognize letters of the alphabet and connect them to words. Specific activities that promote early literacy development include reading aloud, summarizing stories read, conversations and dialogue, learning new words, exposure to books, rhyming and singing, imitating sounds, identifying syllables, writing and naming letters, attaching sounds to letters, and recognizing words. Programs may be formal or informal, and may include parent participation. Classes are often held at schools, churches, libraries and community recreation centers.
Created 10/7/02
Changed 12/18/14
Use References Children's Literacy Programs
See Also References Early Childhood Education (HD-1800)
External Classification Terms Education (ACH I-01)
Education (AIRS ED-170)
Education (CAN ED-170)
Literacy (NPC B04.11)
Program Development/Demonstration (Illiteracy Elimination) (UW 4.3.04.04)
Related Concepts After School Programs
Children and Youth
Early Childhood Programs/Services
Facet Service
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