tlc logo     "Research has shown that children who don't have well developed vocabularies by age three are likely to have difficulty in school.
The good news is that preschool
children can catch up."
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Throughout this website we have included quotations from a variety of literacy experts. We hope you find them informative and inspirational as you work with young children and early literacy. Below are the quotes and their authors.

Strong language and literacy skills are essential for children's success in school and in life.

- Cate Heroman and Candy Jones, 2004

Word learning takes place in many small steps. You don't learn a word all at once. It takes repeated encounters with a word to bring it to a point where you own it.

- William Nagy, Seattle Pacific University, 2005

Children's own names and highly salient environmental print are often the sources of initial letter learning.

- Carol Vukelich and James Christie, Building a Foundation for Preschool Literacy, 2004

Literacy assessment is a means and not an end in itself.

- Carol Neuman, 2006

For the most high risk children, enriched preschool environments...can be a deciding factor between success or failure that will follow them all of their lives.

-M.S. Burns, P. Griffin, C. Snow, Starting Out Right: A Guide to Promoting School Success,1999

Coaches are the bridge between our vision and making that vision a reality in the classroom

- Nancy Shanklin, Director,
Literacy Coaching Clearing House, 2007

Helping children and their families make the transition to kindergarten involves careful planning and consideration of an array of transition practices appropriate to the needs of families, schools and communities.

- Robert C. Pianta, Successful Kindergarten Transition, 2003

Children who are read to regularly by parents…become early readers and show a natural interest in books.

-van Ijzendoorn Bus and A.D. Pellagrini, Joint Book Reading makes for Success in Learning to Read: A Meta Analysis in Intergenerational Transmission of Literacy, 1995

Children whose parents read to them at home recognize letters of the alphabet and write their names sooner.

- C.W. Nord, J. Lennon, B. Liu & K. Chandler, Home Literacy Activities and Signs of Emerging Literacy, 1999

Anything the teachers believe they can accomplish alone, they can do better in collaboration with parents.

- Peter Hannon, How Can We Foster Children's Early Literacy Development, eds. Susan Neuman and Kathleen Roskos, 2001

Nurturing, warm, and responsive parent-child relationships and parent participation in child-centered activities relate to positive learning outcomes in early childhood.

-Harvard Research Project, "Family Involvement Makes a Difference," Spring, 2006

Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher,and have already taught their children many things prior to entering school.

- Ran and Ramey,1999

No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.

- Dr. James Comer, Leave No Child Behind: Preparing Today's Youth for Tomorrow's World , 2004

Research has shown that children who don't have well developed vocabularies by age three are likely to have difficulty in school. The good news is that preschool children can catch up.

- Leslie Mandell Morrow,2003

Greater attention to informational text will make children better readers and writers of informational text.

- Christie, 1984, 1987

Children who are learning English begin their school lives with their 'language glass' half full, not half empty.

- Celia Genishi, 2002



The Literacy Connection

Project Enlightenment • Wake County Public School System • Raleigh, North Carolina
The Literacy Connection program was initiated by an Early Reading First Grant funded
by the US Department of Education.

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The contents of this presentation were developed through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education;
however, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education
nor endorsement by the Federal Government. Published 2007.

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