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Early Language & Literacy KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Early Language and Literacy KnowledgeBase is an online resource supporting language and literacy development in early learners from birth through age eight. Its focus is to support parents and caregivers in helping early learners with their language and literacy development, and teachers in enhancing their instruction for early learners from pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3.

Task 2: Collaborate Among Early Childhood Educators, District, and School Staff Members

Guideline: As defined by, teacher collaboration is "An interactive process that enables teachers with diverse expertise to work together as equals and engage in shared decision making toward mutually defined goals." Within the context of early childhood education, educators of early learners have many other professional collaborators, including other teachers (particularly Pre K – Grade 3), other supporting staff members, and related specialized professionals in the mental health, special education, speech and hearing, and physical therapy arenas. Accordingly, educators of early learners need to be aware of collaborative practices that enhance those relationships to achieve successful learning outcomes for their early learner students. This task provides resources on collaboration.




Handbook on Developing and Evaluating Interagency Collaboration in Early Childhood Special Education Programs

This California Department of Education handbook provides guidance on developing interagency collaboration in early childhood special education programs. Though intended for California early childhood educators, this document may be useful to educators of early learners in other states in relation to general content related to developing interagency collaboration.


Turf Issues

Individual group members often have divergent viewpoints. Turf issues can arise between group members and groups within a school, district, or community. This document offers a basic guide for addressing turf issues when they arise.