Capstone Project Title
This capstone addresses the importance of early literacy exposure for later literacy development and academic achievement. Literacy levels when students enter school have been shown to be related to later reading achievement and academic success. Caregiver involvement is a significant part of early literacy development. The influence of caregiver involvement is the primary focus of the project. The website created for this project provides caregivers of children birth to age 5 with activities to facilitate the development of early literacy, and community resources dedicated to promoting early literacy. The project is intended for anyone who spends an extended amount of time with children in the target age range. Caregivers of young children typically do not have access to as many literacy resources as those of school aged children. This project is a resource caregivers can access before their child enters the formal educational setting. Research has shown that caregivers enjoy engaging in fun learning activities with children, and that they are more likely to engage in those activities if they know what skills they are helping their child develop. The goal of the project is to help caregivers have positive experiences with their children while providing a rich literacy environment.
Early Childhood, Literacy, Parent Involvement, Reading
Baird, Margaret, "Promoting Early Literacy Learning" (2021). School of Education Student Capstone Projects. 700.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects