Early Childhood Development
Young children are eager and ready to learn. Current research emphasizes the importance of teaching young children the fundamental skills that lead to literacy. While our focus is on the development of early literacy skills that are tied to language development, best practice is to teach young children in such a way that all the important early childhood developmental domains—language, concepts, social, emotional, and motor skills—are integrated and linked with children’s background and prior knowledge. Because literacy competence opens the doors for all other
academic learning, preschool and kindergarten children should receive instruction in emergent literacy skills to help ensure later success in school.