State Support Team Region 9 Serving Schools in Holmes, Stark, and Wayne Counties

Stark State Advanced Technology Center ~ 6057 Strip Ave. N.W., North Canton, OH 44720  
Telephone: 330-492-8136  ~  Toll Free: 1-800-733-7732

Literacy Resource Links for Parents and Community Partners

Did you know that our brains are the only organ not fully developed at birth?
During the first three years of life, the brain develops quickly and constantly with more than
1 million new connections being formed every second!

Babies and young children need lots of loving words to grow healthy brains.
All of the talking and reading that caring adults provide children gives them the best start in life and makes the most of the time when their brains are growing the fastest.

Parents are their child’s first and most important teacher.
Talking with your child every day, throughout the day, is one of the most important gifts you can give to ensure healthy growth and development.  No one knows or can connect with your child better than you!

The language you share now provides a strong foundation for later learning.
Children need to hear, see and use words in order to read, write and spell words.

If you are a parent, caregiver or community partner that supports young children and their families, the resources below will help you make the most of your daily routines and interactions.

Early Literacy Tips for Babies


Early Literacy Tips for Toddlers


Early Literacy Tips for Preschoolers


School Age (Kindergarten-Grade 3) Literacy Bags


INFOhio Resources (Ohio’s PreK-12 Digital Library)


INFOhio Early World of Learning


Let’s Talk, Read and Sing about STEM!




Let’s Talk About the World Poster/Infographic




Let’s Talk About Feelings


Books at Home Checklist


What’s in a Book?


Read Aloud Every Day


Tips for Bilingual Families


Talking is Teaching: Early Math Guide


Conversation Starters for Families with Infants/Young Toddlers


Talk, Read and Sing Together Every Day! (Infant, Toddler, Preschool)!/never-too-early-en.pdf.aspx


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Family and Community Support Toolbox

The purpose of the Family and Community Toolbox is to provide resources in order to build upon the natural learning opportunities that occur within a child’s daily routine in the home and community. The resources contained in this toolbox provide encouragement to families and caregivers in supporting the early language and literacy development of children in their care. Materials contained in Family and Community Support Toolbox are drawn from both internal and external sources and will evolve over time. Materials and resources posted are for informational use only.

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Early Literacy Tips for Parents

Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read or write.

Children who enter kindergarten with pre-reading skills have an advantage. They can focus on learning to read instead of first learning essential pre-reading skills, and they have greater success throughout their school years.

You have been your child's teacher from the day he or she was born. It's never too early or too late to help your child develop language and other early literacy skills.

Here are some helpful ways to implement early literacy with your child base on age:

Ohio Department of Education Early Literacy Projects (Straight A Grantees)

Early Literacy Projects (Straight A Grantees)

Early Literacy projects aim to ensure that all students are on track to transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Efforts apply a variety of engaging strategies to meet the needs of all students.

Canton City

Dan Nero

K-2 literacy and math-centered schools: A restructuring of 14 K-5 buildings to create seven K-2 literacy and math-centered schools in order to reach 100 percent proficiency of all grade 3 students in reading and math. Each building has a family resource center and focuses on 21st century skills. The district is working with Keystone Literacy and Carnegie Learning for math, and teachers are attending intensive professional development and training to learn the best teaching strategies for students in literacy and math.