An Early Reading Check-Up to Help Raise Strong Readers
Just as a pediatrician checks in on a child’s health during a physical, our Reading Readiness Check-Up takes an inventory of a child’s foundational literacy skills at a critical time in their learning life. Early reading skills make all future learning possible, and catching issues early on will have positive long-term effects.
After the check-up—a one-on-one virtual session with a clinician trained in reading assessment—we provide a follow-up written report, feedback session, instructional videos, and resources with easy-to-follow directions and activities to support a child’s reading development.
The Reading Readiness Check-Up is being piloted with early education partners through early 2024, after which we will make it available to the wider community. Please contact us below for more information about the Check-Up and its launch.
Learning How to Read is Harder Than You Think
While some children learn how to read with apparent ease, others struggle to learn the alphabet and recognize words. Learning how to read forces us all to create new neural pathways in our brains, connecting areas we’ve never connected before: processing speech sounds, linking sounds and symbols, and generating meaning. It takes clear instruction and deliberate practice to learn how to read. That’s why it’s so important to nurture every child’s early reading skills and identify any issues early on.
Developed by Leading Literacy Experts
For nearly 40 years, the Stern Center for Language and Learning has provided comprehensive evaluations and assessments for learners of all ages. As the demand for assessments soars and nationwide reading scores decline, we’re launching this highly targeted check-up to identify early reading trouble, develop essential reading skills, and share proven literacy resources.
Personalized Guidance and Resources to Support Early Reading
Through our written report, feedback session, and follow-up resources, we provide easy-to-follow recommendations and activities to support a child’s reading development. We tailor our resources to each child’s specific learning needs and share information to help families advocate for their kids.
How it Works:
Getting started is easy. When you reach out to us, our team will ask about your child, explain our process, and schedule the 1:1 virtual check-up.
Reading Readiness Check-Up
At first, we’ll get to know you and your child online. Our expert will take an inventory of your child’s literacy skills with play-based interactions involving sounds and letters.
Feedback & Written Report
Shortly after the check-up, we’ll answer your questions during a feedback session and provide a report outlining your child’s current abilities and areas where they need extra support.
Helpful Reading Resources
We’ll send links to resources with easy-to-follow recommendations tailored to your child’s reading development.
Signs of Reading Trouble in a Pre-K or Kindergarten Student:
- Has trouble making connections between letters and sounds or remembering the alphabet.
- Demonstrates a limited vocabulary compared to children the same age.
- Has trouble sounding out words or recognizing familiar sight words.
- Has difficulty with rhyming.
A Helpful Check-Up and Expert Advice When You Need It
Learning how to read is challenging for nearly 40% of children, but with early help, most reading problems can be prevented.
What Learners Have to Say
We Believe Everyone Has the Right to Read
When it comes to literacy and equity, it’s clear that our nation’s students need more from us all. Only 32% of U.S. fourth-graders are proficient readers, reading below the proficient level. For fourth-graders whose families qualify for free and reduced lunch, the proficiency rate is 19%.
Despite the hard work and effort of teachers to meet student needs, these statistics challenge us to take a closer look at what we can do to be more effective. 95% of students can learn to read using structured literacy principles, regardless of their background. Together, we can provide every student with a lifelong foundation of literacy.
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