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    Government Spotlight: Reading Rockets—Promoting Literacy and Making a Difference

    A study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics in 2005 looked at early childhood literacy activities and found that 86 percent of prekindergarten children ages 3–5 are read to frequently (three or more times per week); 54 percent were told a story by a family member; 54 percent were taught letters, words, or numbers; and 54 percent were taught songs or music.*  Participating in literacy activities during children’s early years could help them become readers.  To help parents, teachers, or other childcare workers teach children to read, organizations like Reading Rockets can offer several resources. 

    Reading Rockets promotes literacy activities by offering parents, teachers, principals, librarians, and other professionals who work with children information on how they can teach kids to read or help those who are struggling to read. Created in 2001, Reading Rockets offers research-based strategies to anyone interested in helping a child learn to read. 

    Started as an education initiative and funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, the mission of Reading Rockets is to share research-based and best-practice information with others through television and the Internet.

    The Reading Rockets website, www.readingrockets.org, offers several resources related to literacy, including but not limited to:

    • Articles
    • Professional development webcasts
    • Booklists
    • Questions and answers on various literacy topics
    • Interviews with children's book authors
    • Reading guides
    • Reading and literacy research
    • Classroom strategies
    • Blogs and other resources and tools to help children read

    In addition to offering several online resources, Reading Rockets includes PBS television programs about reading and education that can be viewed here: http://www.readingrockets.org/shows/.  Reading Rockets produced award-winning PBS television programs about reading and education topics that visitors to their website can watch online.

    Students in Kaplan University’s early childhood development or education programs, or anyone interested in who would like to learn how to make a change in their child’s literacy education, can start with the PBS video titled “Toddling Toward Reading” (http://www.readingrockets.org/shows/launching/toddling/), which is hosted by Reba McEntire and looks at tools that can help preschoolers develop early literacy skills to help them become better readers.  For online resources, you can also visit www.rocketreaders.org.

    *U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2006). The Condition of Education 2006 (NCES 2006-073),Table A-33-1. Retrieved from http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=56 


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