Every Child Ready to Read Initiative: The Next Generation

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Many of you have been asking what to expect from the new Every Child Ready to Read materials. I thought I would summarize what I’ve discovered from reading the new Task Force Reports and attending the ECRR sessions at ALA Midwinter 2010 and the ALSC Institute Closing Session on September 25, 2010.

First of all, you can find the official information from the ECRR Task Force on the homepage of the ECRR website at www.ala.org/everychild.  Watch the site for updates and for the information on the new materials. At the September ALSC Institute, we were told that ECRR materials would be available for purchase later in a few months.

Dr. Susan B. Neuman, a professor of educational studies at the University of Michigan specializing in early literacy development, was hired to do the recent evaluation of ECRR, and is currently working on the new materials. She gave us an overview of recent early literacy research in both an informative and enjoyable way. Her perspective about the role of the public library in meeting the early literacy needs of those in our communities was insightful, challenging, and reassuring.

I’ve combined her information on the recent research with the information from the previous ECRR sessions and Task Force Reports.

  • ECRR will continue to focus on the parent/caregiver as the child’s first and best teacher.
  • The model will continue to be research-based; new research to be included.
  • Materials will allow for more flexibility with models for conveying early literacy information not just in adult-only workshops but also in an adult-child format.
  • Key talking points as opposed to the more structured scripts will be used
  • Modules will offer more flexibility within a workshop format.
  • Modules will not be divided by age-level; each topic will encompass newborn to age five.
  • Tools for evaluation will be included in the materials.
  • The current ECRR looks at the skill first and notes what activities support the skill. New ECRR will start with the activity first.
  • The seven modules will (probably) be: Overview, Talk, Sing, Play Read, Write, Language-rich environments (library, child care center, home)
  • Training. There will be no approved national trainers. I have heard there will be a pre-conference at ALA in New Orleans, but have seen no information on that as yet.