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Join our knowledgeable and experienced staff in learning research-proven strategies in the areas of literacy, social cognition, math, and more.
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Reading is essential for learning and living success.
Prevention studies in reading (and behavior) commonly show that 70-90% of at-risk children (bottom 20% of all children) in K-2 can learn to read in the average range with effective instruction.
— Fletcher, Lyon, et al, 2007
BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY® provides early care and education teachers a robust professional learning opportunity to help prepare our youngest learners for literacy success.
This program provides professional learning in the following areas:
The National Research Council and the 2009 National Early Literacy Panel
3 Critical Elements to Promote Early Literacy:
BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY® offers a range of professional development offerings for early care and education teachers, and parents. Also, we developed an online course that can be accessed at our BUILDING BLOCKS website.
To learn more, please view our courses & workshops.
Meets National Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential for Physical and Intellectual Development
Counts towards NAEYC and NAFCC Accreditations
Aligns with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework
BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY® has provided training opportunities in the states highlighted in green.
Be a reading hero – Let’s go!
If you’d like to offer a BUILDING BLOCKS training in your area, please contact us by calling 802-878-2332 or completing the form below.
If you have questions or would like to discuss your potential support of a BUILDING BLOCKS training, please contact Ed Wilkens.
Maybe you’re ready to demonstrate your support today. A financial contribution will help purchase the supplies and materials needed to make a difference for an early care and education center near you!
Having the opportunity for a coach to watch your lesson and give you feedback based on a student's needs is crucial for professional growth. The O-G course and practicum are invaluable and the effects will last a lifetime for all of us.