The Early Literacy for Every Child project at the University of Southern Maine will collaborate with Androscoggin Head Start, Catholic Charities St. Louis Child Development Center, People’s Regional Opportunity Program Head Start and three LEAs to transform fifteen preschool classrooms into programs of educational excellence. The project will implement activities to improve significantly: (1) Classroom language and literacy environments for 280 children annually; (2) 32 preschool teachers’ capacity to deliver SBRR instruction and assessment (including regular, direct and explicit language and literacy activities that support oral language, phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge and print awareness); (3) Preschool children’s transition to kindergarten programs.
The project will implement the research-based curriculum, Opening the World of Learning (OWL), in order to support significant and sustainable change in curriculum, instruction, classroom environment, parental involvement, professional development and child and program level assessment required to meet the proposed goals. A professional development team comprised of Dr. Judy Schickedanz, early literacy expert and senior OWL curriculum author, multilingual specialists, speech therapists, an inclusion and a technology specialist will work with five early literacy coaches to ensure successful project outcomes and knowledge transfer to all teachers. Early Childhood Associates will conduct the formal assessments and evaluation.
The collaborative will also work with Portland Public Schools, Child Development Services, and other early literacy projects to coordinate efforts and to improve the transition of pre-school children to kindergarten.
Funding for this Early Reading First grant (CFDA No. 84.359B) is provided through the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, and an intercampus agreement with the University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service.
September 1, 2008 through August 31, 2011
Portland, Biddeford and Lewiston/Auburn
- Early Reading First
- Coaching in Early Childhood
- Opening the World of Learning
- Supporting Early Literacy in Natural Environments
- Research and Training Center on Early Childhood Development – Pre-literacy and Literacy interventions
- Evidence-Based Center for Early Literacy Development
- Tech Integration & Early Childhood Education
- Maine Roads to Quality
- Child Care Connections
- Portland Public Schools
- Portland Public Schools Multilingual & Multicultural Center
- Northeast Hearing & Speech
- Maine Child Development Services
- Even Start
- Maine Humanities Council’s Born to Read program
- Raising Readers