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Childrens Literacy Resources

Home Pages for Children's Literacy and Education Research

Annie E. Casey Foundation
Since 1948, the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) has worked to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States. The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families.

Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA)
CIERA consolidates current knowledge on early reading, conducts programmatic research on specific early reading problems, identifies best practices among successful early reading educators, and establishes interactive mechanisms for disseminating the resulting information and products.

Children, Youth, and Family Consortium University of Minnesota
A source of information including articles and research about issues related to health, education, and the well-being of children, youth, and families.

Children's House
An international cooperative initiative which facilitates the translation of the benefits of research and programming into policy and practice for the well-being of children throughout the world.

Children's Literacy Initiative (CLI)
Children's Literacy Initiative works to increase children's literacy skills through professional teacher development. This site offers access to research, articles, booklists, curriculum ideas, and newsletters.

Colorado Children's Campaign
The voice for children in Colorado, this organization monitors children's legislation, childhood initiatives, research and data, while increasing public awareness of those most at risk.

Colorado Literacy Connections
This site form the Colorado Department of Education's Literacy Consortium provides information about programs and gives links to external resources.

Colorado Parent Information and Resource Center (CPIRC)
CPIRC provides professionals and parents with the information and resources they need to help young children succeed by improving outcomes for children and their families.

¡Colorín Colorado!
This site, a service of the Reading Rockets program from WETA, is available in both Spanish and English. It has information, activities, and advice for Spanish-speaking parents.

Early Childhood News
A journal of professional development that presents relevant information and innovative ideas to increase knowledge of early childhood development and appropriate programs for young children, including early literacy and research.

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Journals, fact sheets, publications for families and professionals, and an early childhood program assessment are available online. Critical issues in early childhood practices are examined and current research is reported.

Get Ready to Read!
Get Ready to Read! is a national campaign to build the early literacy skills of preschool children. The program brings strategies to parents and early education and child care providers for helping prepare children to learn to read and write. The web site has resources in both English and Spanish.

Grow Up Reading! @ the West Bloomfield Township Public Library
This library web site provides information about child development, resource lists for parents, and book suggestions for children from birth to kindergarten.

Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP)
The Harvard Family Research Project works to increase the effectiveness of public and private organizations and of communities as they promote child development, student achievement, healthy family functioning, and community building.

HIGH/SCOPE Educational Research Foundation
High/Scope Foundation promotes the learning and development of children from infancy through adolescence by conducting research, development, training of educators, and public advocacy of children. High/Scope is perhaps best known for its research on the lasting effects of preschool education and its preschool curriculum approach.

Institute of Education Sciences
The Institute is the main research arm of the Department of Education, compiling statistics, funds research, and evaluations, as well as dissemination of data. It also provides research-based guidance to further evidence-based policy and practice. Its three operational divisions are the National Center for Education Research, the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, and the National Center for Education Statistics.

International Reading Association
The IRA promotes high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction through studying the reading processes and teaching techniques; serving as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of reading research; and actively encouraging the lifetime reading habit.

Kids Literacy in Colorado
Many people and organizations have joined to support literacy efforts in Colorado communities. On this site from the Douglas County Libraries are lots of resources and lots of ideas. There are ideas on this site for children from birth through high school.

Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning: McREL
Through literacy research such as the Early Literacy Advisor and Tools of the Mind, McREL has developed assessments, standards and benchmarks in early literacy, and methodology to improve the quality of education for children. One of ten Regional Education Research Laboratories funded by the Department of Education.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The nation's largest organization of early childhood professionals that leads and consolidates work and research to achieve high quality early childhood programs for children birth through age eight.

National Center for Early Development and Learning (NCEDL)
The NCEDL research focuses on enhancing the cognitive, social, and emotional development of children from birth through the age of eight.

National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC)
NCCIC has been established to complement, enhance and promote child care services across the country, including early childhood education research.

National Research and Development Center on English Learning and Achievement (CELA)
CELA's research seeks to learn what elements of curriculum, instruction, and assessment are essential to developing high literacy and how schools can best help students achieve success.

National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT)
The NRC/GT places an emphasis on identifying the research needs of economically disadvantaged youth, individuals of limited English proficiency, individuals with handicaps, and other special populations that traditionally have been absent in programs for gifted and talented students.

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL)
The North Central Regional Educational Laboratory draws on the latest research and best practices to strengthen and support schools and communities where all students can develop their skills and abilities and reach their full potential.

Reading is Fundamental (RIF)
RIF is the nation's largest nonprofit children's literacy organization. This page offers access to information about RIF's programs as well as resources for educators and parents.

South East Regional Vision for Education (SERVE)
SERVEing Young Children (SYC)
The mission of SERVEing Young Children (SYC), one of ten Regional Education Research Laboratories, is to develop and provide national leadership and resource expertise to early childhood educators and caregivers. SYC seeks to enhance nationwide efforts in early childhood education for children from birth to age eight and their families.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center
    Research and education activities focus on child development and health, especially factors that may put children at risk for developmental problems. One of the nation's oldest multidisciplinary centers for the study of young children and their families.
  • National Center for Early Development and Learning (NCEDL)
    The NCEDL research focuses on enhancing the cognitive, social, and emotional development of children from birth through the age of eight.

U.S. Department of Education

  • ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education (ERIC/EECE)
    The ERIC/EECE provides an extensive body of education-related literature on the development of children from birth through early adolescence, including learning theory research and practice.
  • National Institute on Early Childhood Development and Education (ECI)
    ECI supports a comprehensive program of research, development, and dissemination to improve early childhood development and learning. Research involves early learning, cognitive, and social-emotional development of children from birth through age eight.

Zero To Three
Zero to Three focuses on the needs of the first three years of life of the "whole baby" by bringing together the fields of medicine, mental health, research science, and child development. Zero to three promotes discovery and the application of new knowledge, fosters professional excellence, and researches, develops, and promotes model approaches and "best practices".

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