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Study reveals 1-2 punch helps build children’s literacy and language skills

Posted 1/18/2008

UNCE study reveals parents, teachers play critical role

While the early bird gets the worm, the earlier a parent or teacher is active with a child’s education, the better.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) has released two publications that provide free information on children’s literacy and language development. The publications are especially useful to parents and early childhood educators, and can be accessed online at www.unce.unr.edu.

The Foundations of Literacy Study, conducted through a grant from the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, found that parents and early childhood teachers play an important role in fostering young children’s emerging literacy and language skills.

The purpose of the study, which took place in western Nevada, was to identify key aspects of the homes and child care settings that contribute to children’s literacy and language skills. More than 200 teachers and families from 56 child care classrooms participated in an examination of a variety of aspects of the home and child care settings.

The study revealed that five key factors lead to improvement in children’s literacy and language skills: teacher beliefs, classroom literacy and language activities, classroom routines and activities, teacher characteristics and supportive family-center connection.

Both parents and educators can find tips on how to improve their children’s literacy and language skills. For example, children do better when parents plan time to read and allow their children to look at books or read on their own. Children do better when teachers plan regular time to read during the day and have a quiet place in the classroom for reading.

To learn more on improving your child’s life by increasing literacy, visit www.unce.unr.edu, click on the publications tab and search "parent" under the title category, or call (775) 784-4848.

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