Ready to Read

“Once the mind is stretched, it never goes back again.”
Anna Jo Haynes, MHEL President Emeritus

Ready to Read

Ready to Read focuses on language and literacy development for infants and toddlers to ensure that children are reading proficiently by 3rd grade.

The project provides these opportunities by nesting a proven interactive reading intervention – Dialogic Reading – within a promising professional development intervention –Cradling Literacy – to give early childhood educators a theoretical foundation and culturally responsive framework for developing children’s oral language and vocabulary skills. Ready to Read is implemented in both formal and informal settings. In addition to training for professional staff, the program will provide training for parents in order to extend children’s learning at home.

Dialogic Reading is an interactive method of sharing picture books with young children. Whereas adults typically read and children listen, in Dialogic Reading, children learn to become storytellers. Children are encouraged to describe what they see going on in the books they are presented with and adults assume the role of active listeners – asking questions, adding information, and prompting children to increase the sophistication of their descriptions. Developed by Zero to Three, Cradling Literacy provides field-tested strategies to build teacher knowledge and skills in early language and literacy development in the context of important caregiving relationships and family culture.

Ready to Read has a rigorous evaluation component that includes using the LENA System, which features Digital Language Processors (DLPs) that are worn by children to capture adult-child conversational interactions, child vocalizations, and the audio environment. The LENA System software analyzes the language episodes and conversational turns captured by the DLPs and generates reports provided to professionals and parents. Ready to Read is in partnership with Clayton Early Learning and is supported by the Mile High United Way Social Innovation Fund.

For more information, please contact: 303.861.2602