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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 3: Connect with Legislators

Guideline: State legislators set education policy through legislation and their budget setting responsibilities, thus impacting how state education funds are allocated to numerous educational needs. To improve early learner language and literacy development, state legislators need information about the issues and strategies associated with it. Likewise, educators of early learners should possess an awareness of the legislative process and how to communicate with legislators.




Early Literacy: Leading the Way to Success

This National Institute for Literacy resource for policymakers explains the importance of early literacy initiatives. Educators of early learners may find this resource useful when discussing early literacy with school board members, state legislators, and other policymakers.


Developing and Maintaining Ongoing Relationships with Legislators and Aides

This link is University of Kansas' Community Toolbox explains how to establish relationships with state legislators.


National Conference of State Legislatures

This link is to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCLS) website. As noted at its website, the "NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues."