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Stepping Stones to Literacy
Early Childhood Education

As of December 2005 no studies of Stepping Stones to Literacy were found that fell within the scope of the Early Childhood Education review protocol and met WWC design standards. Therefore, the WWC is unable to draw any research based conclusions about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of Stepping Stones to Literacy to improve outcomes in this area.
Stepping Stones to Literacy (SSL) is a supplemental curriculum designed to promote listening, print conventions, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and serial processing/rapid naming (quickly naming familiar visual symbols and stimuli, such as letters or colors). The program targets older preschool and kindergarten students who are considered to be underachieving readers, based on teacher’s recommendations, assessments, and systematic screening. Students participate in 10- to 20-minute daily lessons in a small group or individually. The curriculum consists of 25 lessons, for a total of 9–15 hours of instructional time.

Last Updated: December 2005

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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by American Institutes for Research under contract ED-02-CO-0022.

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