Cradling Literacy

The University of Arkansas, Early Care and Education Projects, in partnership with ZERO TO THREE, is pleased to offer Cradling Literacy to early educators. This informative curriculum focuses on early language and literacy and the effect of relationships and life events in promoting cognitive, social, and emotional development, increasing school readiness, and influencing beliefs about child-rearing and development.

ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the family and community connections critical to their well-being and development. Their mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life and envision a society with the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential.


Cradling Literacy helps early educators: Z3 Logo

  • Exhibit how relationships can affect brain development
  • Understand and develop skills to support early language and literacy development in children aged birth to five
  • Demonstrate how culture and reflection can bridge the difference in beliefs about child-rearing and child development

Cradling Literacy includes the following lessons:

  1.   The Powerful Role of Stories in Supporting Early Language and Literacy  2 hours
  2.   Cultural Influence on Language and Literacy Teaching Practices  2 hours
  3.   The Importance of Relationships in Early Language and Literacy Learning  2 hours
  4.   Early Language and Literacy Development  2 hours
  5.   Emergent Literacy in Two Languages  2 hours
  6.   Families as Partners in Supporting Early Language and Literacy  2 hours
  7.   The Role of Meaningful Experiences in Supporting Early Language and Literacy  2 hours
  8.   The Link Between Observation, Assessment, and Language and Literacy Curriculum  2 hours
  9.   Strategies for Supporting Early Language and Literacy  2 hours
  10.   Environments that Nurture Early Language and Literacy  2 hours
  11.   Using Language and Literacy in Guiding Children's Behavior  2 hours
  12.   Effective Teaching Strategies for Supporting Social-Emotional Literacy  2 hours

Cradling Literacy offers the following to all participants:

  • Up to 24 hours of professional development credit from the Arkansas Professional Development Registry and the Arkansas Department of Education
  • Available for anyone to enroll in FREE OF CHARGE
  • FREE course materials and access to in-depth content, including a participant manual and other resources
  • Up to 2.4 Continuing Education Units (CEU), upon request
  • Certificate of Completion and Verification of Training Hours, upon request
  • Opportunity to collaborate and build community engagement with other industry experts

Visit the Arkansas Professional Development Registry to find available courses or call (800) 632-8754.


The Arkansas Department of Education approves all courses provided by Early Care and Education Projects for professional development credit. However, the awarding of professional development credit based on attendance at this workshop is solely at the discretion of the local school district. Learn more by reviewing the Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing Professional Development (Feb 2016).

Contact Jenny Dura to find out more.

Jenny Dura
Jenny Dura
(RSSV)-Research & Service Units
Training Advisor
Early Care & Education Projects