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Websites for Parents

More Early Literacy Resources
  • NAEYC for Families - Provides information to parents and families about child development and how to choose a preschool or childcare for young children. Topics featured on the site include, but are not limited to: social & emotional development, potty training, sleep issues, feeding, napping and early literacy. Sign up for the Families Newsletter to get updates and ideas about your child’s learning and development.
  • The Hanen Centre - Our mission is to provide parents, caregivers, early childhood educators and speech-language pathologists with the knowledge and training they need to help young children develop the best possible language, social and literacy skills. This includes children with or at risk of language delays and those with developmental challenges such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Read Aloud 15 Minutes - A non-profit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care. When every child is read aloud to for 15 minutes every day from birth, more children will be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, more children will have the literacy skills needed to succeed in school, and more children will be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school. Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to improve a child’s readiness to read and learn. By making 15 minutes of daily reading aloud the new parenting standard, we will change the face of education in this country.
  • Family Reading Partnership - A non-profit community organization that promotes early literacy. We are a broad-based, locally grown coalition of individuals, businesses, schools, libraries and other organizations. We have joined forces to "create a culture of literacy" by promoting family reading practices throughout our community. Only 39% of parents nationally read to their children on a regular basis. By working together, we can change these facts. We strive to incorporate family reading awareness, encouragement and books into networks and services that already touch the lives of families.
  • Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) - All children deserve the joy of reading and the skills in life that literacy brings. Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) is passionately committed to strengthening children's literacy through library services and community advocacy.
  • StoryBlocks - Children get ready to read long before they start Kindergarten. You can help by singing, talking, and playing with the children in your care. Watch our videos to learn fun songs and rhymes, and how they help build readers!
  • ¡Colorín Colorado! - Colorin Colorado is a free web-based service that provides information, activities and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners (ELLs).
  • Center on the Developing Child Harvard University - A remarkable explosion of new knowledge about the developing brain and human genome, linked to advances in the behavioral and social sciences, tells us that early experiences are built into our bodies and that early childhood is a time of both great promise and considerable risk. Learn about the science of early childhood and watch videos that explain the three core concepts in early development- early experiences with parents and caregivers, serve & return interaction and toxic stress in the early years.
  • Reading Rockets - Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.
  • Audio and Video Clips of Rhymes, Songs and Fingerplays at Worthington Libraries - View dozens of videos to help adults learn fun rhymes, songs and fingerplays to share with children on the Worthington Libraries website.
  • Johnson County Library Birth to 6 - Johnson County Library has developed the early literacy program 6 by 6. This program emphasizes the six skills parents and caregivers can help children develop before they learn to read, at about the age of 6. Find great tips, book suggestions and activities to do with your children on their library website.
  • Birth to Six at Hennepin County Public Library - Birth to Six is an early literacy website for parents, teachers and caregivers of young children created and maintained by Hennepin County librarians. We highlight resources to help children develop into readers. Birth to Six includes book lists of best books for young children selected by Hennepin County Librarians and ELSIE, a searchable database of books that help children develop the early literacy skills necessary for learning success.
  • Zero to Three - Zero to Three is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Early experiences set a course for a lifelong process of discovery about ourselves and the world around us. Simply put, early experiences matter.
  • Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment (ELE) - The Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment (Ele) is an innovative online space where early educators, families, and others who care for young children can come together in a safe environment to find and share digital resources that support early learning and development in children from birth to age 5. By focusing on Early Literacy and Digital Media Literacy, the information, media-based activities, and social networking opportunities within Ele are intended to advance learning, healthy child development, and school success.
  • Words for Life - Words for Life gives you an idea of what communication milestones your baby and child might reach as they grow. There are ideas for fun activities you can do together to help your children develop their skills. As a parent you can make all the difference to your child's communication skills. Helping your child learn to communicate will help them develop good relationships, do well at school and be confident and happy. You can help your child more than anyone else as you know them best, care about them and want to give them the best start in life.
  • Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) - The goal of CELL is to promote the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices. This site has resources for early childhood intervention practitioners, parents and other caregivers of children, birth to five years of age, with identified disabilities, developmental delays and those at-risk for poor outcomes.