Resources

Early Literacy Programs in the Houston Area

Zero to Three
Zero to Three is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

www.zerotothree.org/

Born to Read
Born to Read teaches parents the importance of reading and sharing books with their babies. Parents are their child's first teacher and research shows that parents who read to their babies contribute to healthy brain development and lay the foundation for learning to read.

Recommended Links:
www.ala.org

Playgroups
This free weekly multi-sensory program helps parents teach early literacy skills to their babies and toddlers. The program is offered year round at select Houston Public Library Branches and no reservations are required. Playgroups are currently offered at the following locations: Henington-Alief, Carnegie, Collier, Johnson, Stanaker and Walter.

Recommended Links:
Zero to Three
Printable Crafts For Kids
Teaching Strategies

Houston Chronicle's Get Ready for Reading

This is a family oriented approach to addressing intergenerational literacy by focusing on reading aloud to children. This program also includes games and activities for young children, which emphasizes the development of motor skills. Programs are free and are conducted in select locations.

Recommended Links:

No Child Left Behind
Zero to Three: Parents

Para los niños/For the Children

This program provides monolingual Spanish-speaking parents with increased access to resources and activities that will increase their ability to parent children, ages birth to seven. This program is a partnership between the Houston Public Library and The Children's Museum of Houston and is offered in several Houston Public Library locations. Call Tiffany Fontenot at 713-535-7224 for more information. Para los niños is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Powell Foundation and Target.

Recommended Links:

Children's Museum of Houston

*Programs sponsored by the Houston Chronicle Book and Author Dinner.

Early Head Start National Resource Center

www.ehsnrc.org

Free Resources for Early Childhood Literacy

Most of these are Internet sites. The emphasis is on "how-to" along with easy activities for parents, caregivers, preschools, and other groups. Materials can be downloaded, then copied. the U.S. Department of Education site is enormous. Try the direct links in the document and then sample other pages.


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