Early Childhood Literacy

The Monroe County Intermediate School District (MCISD) Early Literacy Program supports local efforts to enhance the early language, literacy, and pre-reading development of preschool-age children through strategies, professional development and early childhood literacy programs that focus on all areas of development, with special emphasis on the early language, cognitive, and pre-reading skills that prepare children for school success.

Early Literacy Services for Families

The Early Childhood Literacy Consultant helps families improve their family literacy by providing preschool-age children with cognitive learning opportunities in high-quality language and literature-rich environments so that the children can attain the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for optimal reading development in kindergarten and beyond.

We provide training and opportunities for families to learn to implement language and literacy activities based on scientifically based reading research that supports the age-appropriate development of

Oral language (vocabulary, expressive language, listening comprehension)

Phonological awareness (rhyming, blending, segmenting)

Print awareness

Alphabetic knowledge

Early Literacy Services for Preschool, Child Care and Home Child Care Centers

The Early Childhood Literacy Consultant helps early childhood centers improve their programs, by working with local childcare providers and preschools to provide preschool-age children with language and cognitive skills, and an early reading foundation.

It is the goal of the MCISD to:

  • Enhance children's language, cognitive, and early reading skills through professional development for early childhood professionals;

  • Provide consultation for early language and reading development and instructional materials as developed from scientifically based reading research;

  • Provide consultation for preschool-age children with cognitive learning opportunities in high quality language and literature-rich environments;

  • Provide consultation on screening assessments to effectively identify preschool children who may be at risk for reading failure; and

  • Improve existing early childhood programs by integrating scientifically based reading research into all aspects of the program including instructional materials, teaching strategies, curricula, parent engagement, and professional development.