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


Early Literacy Contact Information

Jen Griffing, M.Ed.
Consultant, Ohio Improvement Process
800-733-7732 or 330-492-8136 Ext. 1475

Debbie Hartwig, MA, NBCT
Regional Early Literacy Specialist
800-733-7732 or 330-492-8136 Ext. 1456

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Download 2017-2018 Voices from the Field PDF


Download 2018-2019 Voices from the Field PDF

Families are a child’s first and most important teacher!  SST9 recently partnered with a local school to engage with families of preschool children.  The focus was early literacy and all of the things children know about reading and writing before they actually begin to read and write.

An invitation was extended to families to be a part of the classroom breakfast routine with their child once a month for thirty minutes. During this time, families experienced many ways they can build their child’s brains as they interact every day.  Brain research on early literacy and practical ideas centered on oral language and vocabulary were shared during this time of modeling, connection and fun!

Jen Griffing
Jen Griffing, M.Ed.

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Telephone and Extension Numbers:
800-733-7732 or
330-492-8136 Ext. 1475

Jen Picture 1

Associating new words to words we already know not only builds vocabulary, but leads to more powerful brain connections.

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Rhyming is one of the many phonological awareness skills that prepares children to be proficient readers.

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We are better together! 

Community partnerships make all of us stronger.

Jen Picture 4

Talking about and giving names to what we see is an important part of reading readiness.  We must see, hear and use words to be able to read, write and spell words!

Jen Picture 5

Opportunities to engage in both listening and speaking are critical components to early literacy development.