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Helpful Early Literacy Links
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Each of the following links have been reviewed by CLEL members and have been found to be valuable training resources.
Early Childhood Webinars- Early Childhood Investigations offers free webinars to early childhood educators.
edWeb- edWeb is a free online community for professional educators, offering networking, resource sharing, collaboration, and professional development webinars.
GRT Quick Bites- 20-minute micro-learning opportunities designed for busy children’s librarians across Colorado who are interested in accessing a bit of fresh early learning information and inspiration.
Association of Library Service to Children- The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. From creative programming and best practices to continuing education and professional connections—ALSC members are innovators in the field of children's library service. ALSC membership is required to view archived webinars, but other resources and blogs are free for all.
Center for Early Literacy Learning- The goal of the Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) is to promote the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices.
National Association for the Education of Young Children- Professional organization which promotes excellence in early childhood education.
Zero to Three- ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development.
Reading Rockets- Resources to help struggling readers build phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills
Colorín Colorado- Colorín Colorado is a bilingual web site providing information, activities, and advice about helping English language learners (ELLs) succeed.
Get Ready to Read- Get Ready to Read! is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten.
Every Child Ready to Read- Find additional resources for ECRR as well as tips for advocating for early literacy.
Storytime Underground- Resources and ideas for providing early literacy experiences any time, anywhere.
Flannel Friday Ideas- Top 25 best Flannel Board ideas on Pinterest.
JBrary- Great source of YouTube playlists of early literacy songs and fingerplays.
Reading is Fundamental- RIF has an abundant supply of resources targeted towards parents, educators and volunteers. Here you can find reading activities, activity calendars, developmental resources and book specific resources.
Rocky Mountain PBS- Rocky Mountain PBS partners with universities and colleges, as well as public schools, libraries, museums and arts organizations across the state to offer innovative, creative and effective educational tools and resources.
Bright by Text- Connects caregivers with easy, practical tips and activities for children from before birth to age eight, including library events.
Vroom- Fun ideas and activities to help build children's brains. Also available as an app!
We Need Diverse Books-A great resource for finding diverse titles and award winners.