The importance of developing literacy skills in the first three years of life has been documented by early childhood experts across many disciplines. Here are some resources that discuss best practices, link to research, and provide up-to-date information on current thinking.
Brain Building Oregon (Presented by the The Early Learning Division of the Oregon Department of Education)
Provides resources for parents and caregivers as well as for professionals in the field of early childhood education.
Reading Rockets (A national multimedia literacy initiative of WETA Television)
A comprehensive site of literacy information, research, and blogs.
Talking is Teaching
Offers a variety of ways to interact with babies and young children to promote early literacy.
Too Small to Fail
Provides information on children's brain development and early learning.
Presents activities for learning in babies and young children
Zero to Three
Visit the "Care & Education" page of this expansive site for information on early childhood development and learning.
Our Ability to Speak Doesn't Begin with Our First Words. It Begins in the Womb. (PRI's The World, March 3, 2016)
Traditional Toys May Beat Gadgets in Language Development (The New York Times, December 23, 2015 )
This article presents research revealing that caregivers said more words to children per minute when engaging with children using traditional toys than they did with children using electronic toys, and more words overall when interacting with books.
Baby Brains: The First Year (National Geographic, January 2015)
A look at how babies learn to distinguish sounds and begin to make sense of language from the very earliest days of life.
Play and Children's Learning
Selection of articles about the impact of play on early childhood learning. (From the National Association for the Education of Young Children)
The Word Gap: The Early Years Make the Difference (Teaching Young Children, the publication of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, February/March 2014))