Rural language and literacy connections: An integrated approach to supporting low-income preschool children’s language and literacy development

Lisa L. Knoche, Dawn L. Davis

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Abstract

High-quality preschool programs that promote early literacy through oral language, phonological awareness, print and word awareness, and alphabet knowledge prepare children to be more successful in kindergarten and more effective readers. Additionally, interventions that connect home and school literacy environments and create literacy-rich home environments are associated with children’s positive academic outcomes. Integrated programming to support early literacy skills at home and school is important because children’s skill levels and readiness at the time they enter school are strongly related to later school success. Few early childhood programs effectively integrate supports across home and preschool settings. This chapter will describe Rural Language and Literacy Connections, an ecologically-based early language and literacy intervention for rural, low-income preschool children and their families that integrates preschool classroom instruction with family and environmental supports. The intervention includes the implementation of scientifically-based literacy curricula and as well as enriched literacy environments in rural preschools, child care settings, and children’s homes through the provision of supplemental literacy-based opportunities. Details of the intervention, including professional development supports for early childhood teachers, as well as language and literacy outcomes for children will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRural Education Research in the United States
Subtitle of host publicationState of the Science and Emerging Directions
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages181-199
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783319429403
ISBN (Print)9783319429380
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Early childhood
  • Family engagement
  • Intervention
  • Language
  • Literacy
  • Preschool
  • Professional development
  • Rural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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Knoche, L. L., & Davis, D. L. (2016). Rural language and literacy connections: An integrated approach to supporting low-income preschool children’s language and literacy development. In Rural Education Research in the United States: State of the Science and Emerging Directions (pp. 181-199). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-42940-3_10