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Care To Read:

RIF Responds to the Literacy Needs of Our Youngest Children

Our Care to Read program helps childcare staff in center- and home-based programs support children’s emergent literacy. Care to Read consists of six workshops on early literacy development and uses children’s literature to actively engage adults and illustrate literacy development concepts. Workshop content is based on early literacy and child development research and best practices. Each workshop provides resources and background information and includes training activities, break-out sessions, post-workshop journal practice, and follow-up activities for both building partnerships with families and using the techniques learned. Care to Read training uses a “train-the-trainer” model that prepares participants to return to their programs and deliver the six workshops to their colleagues.

Program Goals

  • Improve the quality of childcare centers and family childcare homes by training staff to create literacy-rich environments. 
  • Improve staff and family access to children’s books and awareness of quality children’s literature. 
  • Motivate and prepare childcare staff to read to the children in their care, and support families in reading with their own children.

Program Components

  • Six workshops:
    - Understanding Early Language and Literacy Development 
    - Creating Literacy-Rich Environments
    - Where Conversation Leads 
    - Reading Aloud
    - Making My Mark: The Writing Connection
    - Supporting Language and Literacy Every Day 
  • A training manual with reproducible handouts.
  • A collection of children’s books related to the workshops.
  • Three full-color posters that depict literacy-rich environments in toddler, preschool, and family childcare settings. 
  • A language and literacy developmental milestones chart. 
  • RIF’s Read with Me DVD series and guidebook. 

Please contact us if you are interested in setting up a Care to Read training program.

Care to Read