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Early Literacy Program Significantly Improves Pre-reading Skills in At-Risk Children
Date:10/2/2013

ervention consisted of scripted, carefully planned, multi-sensory instruction provided by classroom teachers to promote skills like phonological awareness and alphabet knowledge that set the foundation for reading. The program aims to engage children who learn in diverse ways as the interactive curriculum stimulates participants to use all of their senses in the learning experience, and has been proven effective in rigorous published research. It also uses a unique approach to target children before they enter kindergarten, as research shows students who have strong reading readiness skills excel in reading when they enter K-12 school systems.

Early reading failure can disrupt a child’s development in academic, cognitive, social, behavioral and emotional areas. Up to 40 percent of students entering kindergarten struggle with learning to read. Many children are at risk for reading failure due to brain processing difficulties, a history of speech and language delays, having parents or siblings who have struggled with reading, and/or attention problems. Without intervention, deficits in early literacy can lead to reading challenges or even reading failure later on.

“Research supports that quality early learning opportunities contribute to greater academic success and school readiness for students,” said Nikolai Vitti, Ed.D, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools. “Nemours BrightStart! is a program that has shown great results with its reading readiness curriculum, and diagnostic and intervention tools… equipping young learners with the skills for reading is one of the greatest offerings we can provide them for lifelong success.”

Within Florida, Nemours BrightStart! has screened over 13,000 children for reading readiness and provided more than 3,000 students with intervention from the program. Nationwide, the program has trained over 500 classroom teachers to screen their own students and use the Nemours BrightStart! enrichment curriculu
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