Research

Early Literacy Research
This compilation by Saroj Ghoting includes links to research related to early learning and early literacy, including the areas of: Demographics, Brain Development and Child Development; Language Development; Books/Reading; The Five Practices; Effect of Media Viewing on Language Development; Bilingual Language and Learning; and Early Literacy for Children Who Are Deaf. Each citation links to the full text of the article or study. Only articles and reports available freely in full text are included in this compilation.

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
The mission of the Center on the Developing Child is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity. Its online resource library offers videos, reports and working papers, presentations, and training modules, including many resources for laypeople.

Bringing Literacy Home: An Evaluation of the Every Child Ready to Read Program (2017)
Promising developments in library practice, including a focus on parent engagement, a broader range of programming, innovative use of space, and new roles for children's librarians, are the focus of this report by a team that studied implementation of Every Child Ready to Read 2nd edition in libraries.

Valuable Initiatives in Early Learning that Work Successfully 2 (VIEWS2)
A project of the Information School at the University of Washington, VIEWS2 explored the research-based idea that children progress faster when they are around adults who provide opportunities for them to develop early literacy concepts. This site is intended to help librarians, educators, parents, caregivers, and others increase the effectiveness of their read-alouds, storytimes, and daily interactions by adding simple behaviors that will have a large impact.

New York State Library: Emerging and Early Literacy Research links
The New York State Library has put together a list of research resources that will help you understand emerging and early literacy, literacy and children, and the school library/public library connection.

Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries
This research project of the Colorado State Library aims to identify barriers to early literacy and library use faced by low-income parents/caregivers of children birth-3, and how libraries can remove/help parents overcome those barriers.

Global Family Research Project: Libraries
Research shows that through effective family engagement, children develop the language and literacy competencies that are the foundation of future learning. Global Family Research Project works to connect people and knowledge to create equitable learning pathways for children and families. Check out GFRP's library-oriented projects on this page, then click through to the Research section to view additional GFRP resources.

National Association for the Education of Young Children: Accessing Early Childhood Research
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) provides pathways and instruction to find resources about early childhood research. One of its main goals is to link early childhood research with those who practice early childhood education and learning. Librarians and educators can use this research to make sure the practices they use are in the best interest of the children.

The Nation's Report Card
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assesses what students in the United States know and can do in subjects such as mathematics, reading, science, and writing. NAEP assessments are administered uniformly across the nation, permitting NAEP to provide a clear picture of student academic progress over time. The results of the NAEP student assessments are released in The Nation's Report Card, which can be used to assess student progress, compare progress across states, and develop ways to improve education. The Nation's Report Card also provides important data for librarians to use in planning early literacy programs and other services for young children and their families. 

 

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