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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 1: National Early Childhood Standards

Guideline: Educators of early learners should be aware of national learning and environment standards used as a models for state-level guidelines. This task provides information on applicable standards.



Environment Rating Scales

This link to the University of North Carolina's FPG Child Development Institute website provides information about its environment rating scales. As noted at its website they have developed four scales addressing the early childhood, infant/toddler, family child care, and school-age care environments. Educators of early learners may find these scales useful with assessing their program's environment.


Child Care Licensing

This resource provides links to state agencies responsible for child care licensing.


Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

This link is to the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment website. The Center's research and recommendations are used to inform policy decisions that support the early care and education workforce. Educators of early learners and program administrators may find its content useful.


Defining and Measuring Quality: An In-Depth Study of Five Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

This 2011 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report reviews the quality rating and improvement systems in five states examining the measures used to assess program quality.