Early Childhood Education

The National Institute for Literacy states that exposure to early reading and writing skill development for a child from birth to age 5 is strongly correlated with successful reading and writing skills in later elementary grade levels and beyond.4 It is also well documented in the Early Literacy Newsletter that children who are read to daily and are given an opportunity to respond to what is read have a higher probability of developing stronger literacy skills.5

MEP staff are encouraged to guide parents of children ages 3-5 not enrolled in Pre-K or Kindergarten to enroll their children in an early childhood program that will help in the children’s academic, social, and emotional development. However, it is important to encourage coordination with other entities before migrant-funded support is provided. Some early childhood programs include, but are not limited to, the following:

4 National Institute for Literacy, Developing Early Literacy-Report of the National Early Literacy Panel. (National Center for Family Literacy, 2008), accessed August 2, 2020, https://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/NELPSummary.pdf#xml=http://search.ni.gov/texis/search/pdfhi.txt?

5 Early Literacy. Family and Community Engagement Research Compendium. (Teacher Scholastic, accessed November 25, 2019), http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/face/pdf/research-compendium/early-literacy.pdf.