BCPS Literacy Field Guide for Educators
A Field Guide for Planning and Delivering High Quality Instruction
Birth to Prekindergarten
Children develop language skills, critical to the reading process beginning at birth, as they begin experimenting with language as infants (through crying and babbling) and, eventually, with words as they are older. Research supports that preschoolers with strong social-emotional skills and behavior regulation develop better early language and literacy skills and demonstrate greater academic achievement throughout their early school years. Therefore, developing social-emotional skills alongside language and literacy during the Birth-Prekindergarten years is critical and addressed in this section.