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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: Early Childhood Instruction

Guideline: Effective early childhood instruction is best supported by professionally prepared educators. Such preparation includes appropriate pre-service training and ongoing professional learning. This task provides resources on professional learning for early childhood educators.



NAEYC Code of Conduct and Standard of Commitment

This link to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) website provides its position statement outlining a code of conduct and standard of commitment for those who work with young children. As noted at the NAEYC website, "The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct offers guidelines for responsible behavior and sets forth a common basis for resolving the principal ethical dilemmas encountered in early childhood care and education." Educators of early learners should be familiar with this suggested code of conduct. The website also provides a link to the Spanish version of this position statement as well as a supplements for early childhood program administrators and early childhood adult educators.


NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs

This link is to a position statement of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) outlining suggested standards for early childhood professional preparation programs.


Position Statement on Early Childhood Certification

This link to the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators website provides a link to its position statement on early childhood certification for teachers of children 8 years old and younger in public school settings.


State Teacher Standards for Early Childhood Educators

This resource provides links to each state's standards for the preparation and certification of early childhood educators.



Early Childhood Educator's Knowledge of Early Literacy Development

This 2008 paper reports on a study exploring the knowledge level on early literacy development among early learning educators. The study's results identifies potential areas for professional development among educators of early learners.


Preschool Teachers Make the Difference Between Good and Great Preschools

This link to the Massachusetts Preschools website provides an article describing factors to consider when a preschool teacher.


Twelve Characteristics of Effective Early Childhood Teachers

Authored by Laura Colker, this article identifies twelve characteristics of effective early childhood teachers.