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    Early childhood literacy encompasses not only reading, but everything a child knows about reading and writing before they actually perform either task.

    On September 8, 2015, the Center for Public Service is recognizing the National Literacy Day and the importance of early childhood literacy and how reading to children at an early age helps to form the brain's capacity for language and literacy skills.

    Join us as we discuss topics related to early childhood literacy and different approaches to childhood literacy in faculty written articles, spotlights, a blog, and student contributions below.

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    Child Literacy: Foundational to Future Success

    Each year, International Literacy Day is celebrated on September 8. This year's theme, "The Power of People: Start a Literacy Movement," focuses on the relationship between literacy and the sustainability of a society (ILA, 2015).

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    What is Early Literacy?

     Dr. Patti Pelletier, Educational Studies Academic Chair, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences 


    Many individuals associate the term “early literacy” with skills developed for reading before a child can actually read. Literacy, however, is not just about reading but also writing. 

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    Importance of a Balanced Approach to Early Childhood Literacy

    By Ludmila Battista, Faculty, Kaplan University College of Social and Behavioral Sciences 



    Three-year-old Nico searches anxiously for his well-worn copy of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff, pulling it off the stuffed bookshelf and settling down on the carpet, snuggling with his “Beanie Boo” as he has hundreds of times before.

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    How to Create an Early Literacy Environment

    By Masica Jordan, Adjunct Faculty College of Social and Behavioral Sciences 



    Life has a way of challenging you to grow. The roles, career paths, friends, family, and community services that we become involved in help to shape us and make us grow.

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    By Marie Wallace, Kaplan University Adjunct Faculty, School of Education 



    I believe that something magical happens when a child picks up a book and begins to turn the pages and look at illustrations. I know that the digital format can be engaging and interactive, but there is a special relationship that develops between children and the books that they can touch.

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    KU Students Reflect Upon Early Childhood Literacy

    Read words from Kaplan University College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Educational Studies students. Student Shirley Rodriguez and Monica Glenn are both currently completing CE310: Children’s Literacy at Kaplan University.

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    Government Spotlight: Reading Rockets

    Learn about Reading Rockets and how they are promoting literacy by offering resources to parents, teachers, principals, librarians, and other professionals who work with children.

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    Blog: What? Sesame Street Isn’t Good for Toddlers?

    Dr. Patti Pelletier, Educational Studies Academic Chair, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences 


    Read this month's guest blog by Educational Studies Academic Chair Patti Pelletier as she discusses the pros and cons of educational television shows. 

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    Center for Public Service Resources

    Visit the Center for Public Service resource list offering a variety of web resources on early literacy


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