Pre-K Early Literacy

Early educators are the primary source in promoting language and literacy in their classrooms. Pre-K Early Literacy (previously Pre-K ELLA) offers early educators the tools and resources to provide an appropriate literacy program and demonstrates how to engage children in meaningful experiences that will produce a strong literacy foundation.

Pre-K Early Literacy helps early educators:

  • Advance understanding of how 3- to 5-year-old children develop language and literacy skills and why it is crucial to develop these skills
  • Use tools and techniques in their classrooms to help children develop language and literacy skills to become proficient readers and writers
  • Transfer strategies and activities into everyday classroom experiences for children
  • Develop strategies for involving families and children in language and literacy experiences at home
  • Make language and literacy experiences enjoyable for educators, children, and families

Pre-K Early Literacy includes the following lessons:

  1.   The Foundation for Language and Literacy Learning  2 hours
  2.   Creating Learning Environments that are Literacy-Rich  2 hours
  3.   Supportive Social and Emotional Environments  2 hours
  4.   The Role of Play in Promoting Language and Literacy  1 hour
  5.   Fostering Children's Literacy Development Through the Family  2 hours
  6.   Assessment Through Observation and Portfolios  2.5 hours
  7.   Language Development  2 hours
  8.   Phonological Awareness  1 hour
  9.   Mother Goose Rhymes, Fingerplays, Poetry and Songs  2 hours
  10.   Storytelling  2 hours
  11.   Dramatic Play and Creative Drama  2 hours
  12.   Read Aloud  2 hours
  13.   Shared Reading  2 hours
  14.   Learning About Letters, Sounds and Words  2 hours
  15.   Environmental Print  1 hour
  16.   Writing in the Preschool Classroom  2.5 hours

Pre-K Early Literacy offers the following to all participants:

  • Up to 30 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, such as Ask Mr. Bear; Caps for Sale; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom; Corduroy; Goodnight Moon; Guess How Much I Love You; In the Tall, Tall Grass; The Kissing Hand; The Little Mouse, the Red Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear; The Little Red Hen; Miss Tizzy; Mr. Gumpy’s Outing; Pancakes for Breakfast; Pumpkin Pumpkin; The Three Billy Goats Gruff; The Family Connection; both Kindergarten Readiness Indicator Checklists for Parents and for Teachers; and two nursery rhyme charts
  • Up to 3.0 Continuing Education Units, 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).