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Early Reading First Initiative and Reading First Legislative Initiative

Jane Lieberman, Ph.D,CCC-SLP

December 14, 2009

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Can you explain what the Early Reading First and Reading First Legislative Initiatives are?

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The mission of Early Reading First is to insure that all children "enter kindergarten with the necessary cognitive, language, and emergent literacy skills" to succeed in school. Reading First extends the mission of Early Reading First. The goal of Reading First is to help all children become successful readers by the end of 3rd grade. The critical instructional components for children in preschool and kindergarten are: oral language, phonological awareness and print awareness. For children in 1st through 3rd grades, the critical instructional components include: phonological awareness, alphabetic knowledge, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.


This Ask the Expert was taken from the course entitled: "All about ALL: Using the Assessment of Literacy and Language to Screen & Diagnose Young Children" presented by R. Jane Lieberman.

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R. Jane Lieberman, Ph.D., is chair and professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida. She has taught numerous courses on development and disorders of language and literacy, established a university clinic to evaluate and treat children with literacy difficulties, and co-authored a USDOE personnel preparation grant to educate speech-language pathologists eligible for dual certification in speech-language impairment and reading.


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