Early Learning and Childhood Basics

It’s fascinating to watch young children learn about their world and develop new skills. And, it’s natural to find variation in the pace of development of different skills. The information and resources in this section will help parents and educators understand and support preschool-aged children's development.

Early Literacy
It is critical to help young children be ready for school by working with them to develop early literacy and learning skills. Strong reading skills form the basis for learning in all subjects, so it is important to identify those who struggle with reading as early as possible.


Early Math
During the preschool years children build a foundation of math skills and learn a wide-range of math concepts. Just as a child learns about words by learning the alphabet and letter sounds, learning how to do math begins with learning what numbers are and then how to count.


Early Childhood
The information included in this section will help you understand what your preschool-aged child should be doing and learning throughout the preschool years – and how you can support his or her early development.


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Read Books New Ways

Does it feel like you’ve read the same story 100 times? Read it a new way: Ask the child questions about what they think will happen next and encourage them to tell you what they see in the illustrations.
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