Teaching the Very Young

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The International Reading Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children have released a position statement on literacy for very young children.

The document recommends:

  • A comprehensive, consistent system of early-childhood professional preparation and ongoing professional development.
  • Sufficient resources to ensure adequate ratios of qualified teachers to children and small groups for individualized instruction.
  • Sufficient resources to ensure classroom, school, and public libraries that include a wide range of high-quality children's books, computer software, and multimedia resources at various levels of difficulty and reflecting various cultural and family backgrounds.
  • Policies that promote children's continuous learning progress.
  • Appropriate assessment strategies that promote children's learning and development.
  • Access to regular, ongoing health care for every child.
  • Increased public investment to ensure access to high-quality preschools and child-care programs for all children who need them.

Vol. 17, Issue 42, Page 13

Published in Print: July 8, 1998, as Teaching the Very Young
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