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Literacy and Books

A language and print-rich, play-based program provides children with opportunities to test and communicate their ideas and feelings and to talk about experiences that are meaningful and relevant to them. It emphasizes the importance of speaking, reading, and writing as an essential part of child development. Explore our literacy and books articles & webinars

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Strengthening Communication Skills

Child care experts today agree that the components of language and literacy – the ability to listen, speak, read and write – are equal and interrelated: the development of one relies on the development of the others.

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Language and Literacy: From Birth For Life

A research based tool kit that provides effective ways to enhance what you are already doing in your day-to-day practice to support children in the literacy journey that starts at birth and provides a solid foundation for life.

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1. Encouraging Language Acquisition in Young Children
Early childhood educators need to plan and implement a play-based program that provides children with opportunities to test and communicate their ideas and feelings, and to talk about experiences that are meaningful and relevant to them. Download the copy here.

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