Emergent Literacy: Supporting Learners Birth through Kindergarten Entry

Ohio’s Ready School Guide for Language and Literacy and Implementing Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement: A Guide for Early Care and Education Leaders is available to support the implementation of evidence-based practices in Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement for children birth – kindergarten entry. Administrators in early care and education have a crucial role to play in enhancing language and literacy outcomes in their programs. Meaningful change must address four key areas: High-Quality Instruction, Key Beliefs and Dispositions, Family Partnerships and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. Additional resources are available below as part of the Birth–Kindergarten entry Toolkit.

For questions about Ohio's Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant, please contact ComprehensiveLiteracy@education.ohio.gov.

High-Quality Instruction

  • IES Practice Guide: Preparing Young Children for School: details seven evidence-based practices designed to be used by teachers; center and program directors; district or state personnel involved in adopting curricula for preschool programs; and parents and caregivers. 
  • This Professional Learning Community: Emergent Literacy was developed to support preschool teachers through collaborative learning experiences in a professional learning community (PLC). This suite of materials was prepared in collaboration with the REL Southeast School Readiness Partnership and includes four modules: Print Knowledge, Phonological Awareness, Vocabulary, and Oral Language.
  • Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards in all domains of school readiness to reflect the comprehensive development of children beginning at birth to the end of preschool. 
  • Cox Campus’ coursework allows educators the opportunity to expand their professional knowledge of the emergent and early language and literacy development for children birth through kindergarten entry. Always no cost and now Ohio Approved through OCCRRA, early childhood educators can earn a credential from the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy based on the level of coursework completed.

Key Beliefs and Dispositions

Family Partnerships

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

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