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A Child Becomes A Reader

For every mother, every father, every grandparent, and every caregiver looking for proven ideas from research to help a child become a reader, the U.S. Department of Education offers the free guide, "A Child Becomes a Reader: Birth Through Preschool."

The guide contains:

  • A short summary of what scientific research says about how children learn to read and write.
  • Things you can do with your children from birth through age 2 to help them become readers.
  • Things you can do with your children between the ages 3-4 and what to look for in quality day care centers and preschools to help your children become readers.
  • A list of helpful terms.
  • Ideas for books to read and organizations to contact if you would like more help or information.
To order a free copy of "A Child Becomes a Reader: Birth Through Preschool," parents should:

  • Call the U.S. Department of Education's Publications Center (ED Pubs) toll-free at 1-877-4-ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827); TTY/TDD: 1-877-576-7734; FAX: 1-301-470-1244;
  • Order online at:;
  • Email; or
  • Write to request a copy: ED Pubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398.
  • Look for "A Child Becomes a Reader" at the bottom left of

About Extra Credit
NCLB Extra Credit is a regular look at the No Child Left Behind Act, President Bush's landmark education reform initiative passed with bipartisan support in Congress.

If you would like the NCLB Extra Credit emailed to you, please send a request to Geoff Goodman at or call (202) 205-9191.


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