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Toddler literacy, superheroes teaching reading and the “gender gap”

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There’s a lot going on the literacy realm this week.  Hope you enjoy this edition of Literacy Voices Roundup. Authors unite against drive for toddler literacy “A powerful lobby of leading authors and educationists accuse the [British] Government today of setting children up for failure.  In a letter to The Times, they say that ambitious… Read more »

And the winners are…

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As part of the Dollar General Early Literacy Initiative, early childhood programs were invited to apply to receive parent materials and have early literacy parent workshops delivered at their program sites by NCFL’s early childhood trainers. We received more than 85 applications from 32 states! Congratulations to the selected programs: Community Action Southwest Pre-K Program… Read more »

A night of storytelling fun at Mini-Versity

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Last Thursday evening, more than 30 families came to Louisville’s Mini-Versity to learn more about supporting their children’s literacy through storytelling. Storytelling is an easy way to support vocabulary development for young children. Despite the 95 degree weather, the families were all excited. Parents and children participated in a storytelling/story reading workshop where they told… Read more »

Literacy Voices Roundup – July 18

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Fewer Students Read Between Lines A few weeks ago, we posted about the release of the Reach Higher, America report that highlights the growing shortage of an educated, skilled workforce. This article from the The Tampa Tribune gives us a first-hand account of the problem in Florida. Thanks to Terry at The Reading Tub for… Read more »

From Sharon: The importance of parental involvement

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Parental involvement pays off. And in a study by Karen Smith Conway and Andrew Houtenville, that involvement adds up to about $1,000 per student. Their report, “Parental Effort, School Resources, and Student Achievement,” was published last month in the Journal of Human Resources. The researchers found that schools would need to increase per-pupil spending more… Read more »

A minute can make a difference!

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Have a couple extra minutes here and there? That can make a difference in your child’s literacy skills. Here are some easy learning activities you can do together as a family. Take a minute and make a difference! Choose a letter of the day. Look for it in any printed materials you see (newspaper, labels… Read more »

Reader submission: Tell us your story

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If you could accomplish, or see accomplished, one thing to further the cause of family literacy in the next five years, what would it be? I have an idea that I think will help those children and families in urgent need of literacy skills. I had been a teacher for many years in New York… Read more »

KarmaTube, summer slide and ‘The Electric Company’

| No Comments This website describes itself as “… a collection of short, ‘do something’ videos coupled with simple actions that every viewer can take. Our mission is to spread the good.” Instead of just highlighting one video, we included this link so you can to see the positive changes people are making across the world. Use… Read more »

Free summer fun at

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Looking for more fun ideas for the summer? Whether you are a parent or an educator, offers free educational resources to keep kids and families learning while having a good time. Check out Summer Fun Activities for math, reading, science games and activities. Or check out the Literacy Activity Calendar for parents. Each activity… Read more »

FACE Parent Essay Winner #6

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Today is the final installment of our FACE Parent Essay winners.  We hope you’ve enjoyed reading them and learning more about the participants and how FACE touches so many lives! Crystal Teller T’iis Ts’ozi Bi’Olta (Crownpoint) FACE Program … Parent Time has so much to offer, such as skills on what a parent could do… Read more »