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Professional Learning Community: Emergent Literacy
Professional Learning Community: Emergent Literacy


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The goal of emergent literacy instruction is to teach the building blocks that will, in later grades, provide children the foundation needed to become proficient readers, writers, and communicators. Emergent literacy building blocks, or skills, include print knowledge, phonological awareness, vocabulary, and oral language. Preschoolers who learn these skills are less likely to develop future reading problems and more likely to read with ease, understand what they read, and succeed in school.

This website provides multiple resources for educators and leaders to engage in a professional learning model focused on the four emergent literacy building blocks that are evidence-based, collaborative, and practice-relevant. Learn more by exploring the resources below.



Professional Learning Community Materials (Modules 1–4)

A suite of resources designed to support collaborative professional learning, including Participant Guides, Facilitator Guides, Videos, and Presentation Slides.


Administrator Materials

Resources designed to provide early childhood education administrators an overview of the Professional Learning Community: Emergent Literacy materials.


Facilitator Training Materials

Resources designed to equip facilitators to lead the Professional Learning Community: Emergent Literacy with preschool teachers. These resources can also be used to provide the train-the-trainer to others interested in becoming facilitators.


Overview Materials

A brief informational resource that previews the four key emergent literacy building blocks and highlights evidence-based instructional strategies that are covered in the Professional Learning Community: Emergent Literacy modules.