We can’t stress enough the importance of early literacy, thus we wanted to present this great video by Dr. Dorothy Strickland, who was the State of New Jersey Professor of Reading at Rutgers University; she passed away in April 2020. Prior to her appointment at Rutgers, Dr. Strickland was professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and she is also the coauthor of the text Supporting Struggling Readers and Writers.
In this video, Dr. Dorothy Strickland speaks at a hearing on improving literacy skills in children and young adults. In her presentation, she discusses the key role that early literacy plays in enabling the kind of early experiences linked to academic achievement:
“For example, young children need parents, caregivers, and teachers who: know that a child’s capacity for learning is not determined at birth; who involve children in trips to local points of interest and talk with them about what they see and do; who provide time for reading to children and talking with them about what is read.”
Check out some of our other resources on early literacy:
- Language Gap Study Reinforces the Importance of Early Literacy
- Building A Strong Vocabulary
- How Big Is Your Child’s Vocabulary?
- Child Speak: Guiding Conversation