—preschool teacher, Rural Resources Community Action Head Start, Newport
—parent of a preschooler, Walla Walla Center for Children and Families
—Head Start preschool teacher
—parent of a preschooler
Story Leaders is a preschool reading and story time program that trains educators and families in evidence-based hear-and-say reading techniques (also called shared or dialogic reading). This model rapidly develops children’s vocabulary and language skills for kindergarten readiness. Each preschooler is given eight books that they have read together in class to take home to help build their home libraries and to reinforce the home–school connection.
Delivered in Head Start and ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) preschool classrooms, which serve families earning up to 110–130 percent of the federal poverty line, Story Leaders supplements existing curriculum and resources, helping to dismantle the literacy achievement gap that is too often experienced by children of color and children from under-resourced communities before that gap becomes irreversible. And it helps teachers, families, and children engage in meaningful, joyful reading together!Resources for Educators Resources for Families