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Checkpoints for Progress In Reading & Writing for Families and Communities - February 1998

  Literacy Resources

America Reads Challenge: READ*WRITE*NOW! Materials:

The READ*WRITE*NOW! Basic Kit: A basic literacy kit to get children preschool through grade six and reading partners started. The kit includes an activities book, a vocabulary log, a bookmark, and two certificates. Every public library in the country will have kits.

The Early Childhood Kits -- READY*SET*READ: Two basic literacy kits -- one for parents and one for caregivers to enhance the language skills of young children from birth to age five. Each kit includes an activities book, a growth chart, and a calendar of activities for children.

The READ*WRITE*NOW! Learning Partners Guide: A guide to help tutors and learning partners work with children to develop their reading and writing skills.

The READ*WRITE*NOW! Just Add Kids! Resource Directory: A list of national organizations that can be useful in starting and supporting community reading projects.

Learning to Read, Reading to Learn: A kit for teachers and learning partners to help children with learning disabilities learn to read and become better readers. Each kit includes information about how children learn to read, tips for parents and teachers, a bibliography of early reading instruction, and a resource guide.

Checkpoints for Progress: Developmental milestones that describe the reading and writing skills children should attain by developmental period to show reading readiness or reading on level. Reading examples by grade level are also provided within each developmental period. The checkpoints are divided into two documents one for families and communities and one for teachers and learning partners.

Simple Things You Can Do To Help All Children Read Well and Independently by the End of Third Grade: A guide for all members of the community on how to help children learn to read and become better readers. The simple suggestions are divided by types of community members, such as families, school personnel, librarians, concerned citizens, and employers. The guide also includes an outline of how to start a community literacy program.

All of these publications are available on the Internet (http://www.ed.gov). For more information on the America Reads Challenge: READ*WRITE*NOW!, call 1-800-USA-LEARN.

Federal Sources of Assistance for Children Birth Through Grade Six:

Title I
U.S. Department of Education
Compensatory Education Programs
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
Even Start
U.S. Department of Education
Compensatory Education Programs
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
Head Start
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Public Affairs
370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW
Washington, DC 20202
Child Care Bureau
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Public Affairs
370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW
Washington, DC 20202
Parent Training and Information Centers Program
Office of Special Education Programs
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
Office of Educational Research Improvement
U.S. Department of Education
555 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20208

Additional Sources of Assistance If Your Child Has a Reading
or Learning Disability:

Office of Special Education Programs
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
Learning Disabilities Association of America
4156 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
NICHCY
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013-1492
email: nichcy@aed.org
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
1291 Taylor Street, NW
Washington, DC 20542
ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education
The Council for Exceptional Children
1920 Association Drive
Reston, VA 22091
National Association of Developmental Disabilities Councils (NADDC)
1234 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 103
Washington, DC 20005
National Center for Learning Disabilities
381 Park Avenue South, Suite 1420
New York, NY 10016

Additional Literacy Resources:

Corporation for National Service
381 Park Avenue South, Suite 1420
New York, NY 10016
National Institute for Literacy (NIFL)
800 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006
Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF)
Publications Department
Smithsonian Institution
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20024
American Library Association (ALA)
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
International Reading Association
800 Barksdale Road P.O. Box 8139
Newark, DE 19714-8139
National Center for Family Literacy
Waterfront Plaza
Suite 200
325 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202-4251


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