Early Literacy

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Did you know that learning to read is a developmental process that begins long before a child enters school? In fact, early literacy skills are nurtured from birth! They begin when a mom talks to her baby; when a dad points to an object and says its name; when a caregiver sings a song; and when parents snuggle with their child while reading a book. In short, early literacy grows through everyday interactions between loving adults and children and is one of the most important skills a child will learn.
Mom reading to young child

Reading Tips & Information

Reading aloud to young children helps build positive connections and sets the foundation for all future learning.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

The program’s mission is to foster a love of reading in children ages birth to five through the gift of a free, age-appropriate book mailed to a child’s home every month.

Early Learning Resource Center

Smart Start’s Early Learning Resource Center

Parents and caregivers of children birth to five have access to books, learning materials, and a play space for their little ones. Early educators and child care providers have access to books, activity kits, and low-cost supplies for their classrooms.

child reading a book

Early Literacy Initiatives

Reading aloud to infants and toddlers helps build positive connections and sets the foundation for all future learning. Our early literacy intiatives provide free, age-appropriate, and culturally diverse books to young children.