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3 Ways to Create a Literacy Enriched Environment in Your ChildCare Business

Our nation is facing an issue of epic proportion and of critical importance.

It is an issue that affects our economy, reduces the competitiveness of our

workforce and challenges our highest ideals.

The issue is America’s early childhood literacy crisis.

~LUME Institute

According to Emergent Literacy, “Literacy skills are promoted through an environment rich in print and writing materials. Classroom centers may include reading center, writing center, art center, and computer center.”

Today I am going to share with you 3 ways to create a Literacy enriched environment for the children in your childcare business:

1. Labeling

Labeling Containers and equipment in the classrooms with words and pictures is a great way to introduce children to new words. Moreover, Labels may also serve as a guide when toys are being put back in their place.

2. Well Stocked Reading Center(s)

Be sure to provide children with a variety of board books, magazines, predictable books, and books with repetitive themes. Also, only display books that are in good condition. Moreover, be sure to add pillows and bean bags to make the reading center a cozy place to read.

3. A Literacy Enriched Writing Center

Having a well stocked writing  center in the environment is a great way to inspire children to practice writing letters, number, words, shapes and experiment with a variety of writing materials. Be sure that you have lots of paper, magnetic alphabet letters, alphabet stencils, a word wall nearby, pencils, markers, ink pens,etc.

For more literacy ideas, check out this great website:

With Literacy in mind!


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How to Inspire Parents to Build a Library at Home


As you may already know, reading to a young child build’s his or her vocabulary and prepares them for school success. Also, having a variety of books for on hand for young children, creates a love for reading and enhances a child’s imagination.

Moreover, this is why it is so important that you inspire parents to build a library at home for their children.

One way that you can do this is by subscribing to Scholastic book and send the book order forms home (once a month) with your parents, so that they can order books for their child(ren) at an affordable rate. Also, sharing literacy articles with parents (on a weekly basis) is a great way to inspire parents to read to their children.


I’ve been receiving Scholastic book orders since 2003 and I have built a very large collection of books in my childcare center, just from receiving free books from parent scholastic book orders. Moreover, the parents at my center love to order books for their kids and my hope is that they are building a library at home for their children.

You may already be a subscriber of scholastic book, however, I want you to know that you are in a  position to inspire parents to start a library in their home(s) for their young child(ren).

Need more inspiration? Check out this quote:

” A Nation that reads much..knows much.” ~Thomas Jefferson

In summary, in my recent research of school readiness, I read a quote from a Kindergarten teacher and she wrote: ” The best way to prepare a child for kindergarten, is by reading to him or her.”

Here are some great articles to Share With Your Parents


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