October 19, 2012

In this Issue:

  1. Using Visual Supports with Infants and Toddlers
      Source: Tots-n-Tech Research Institute - October 18, 2012
  2. WWC Reviews Study of Project STAR
      Source: What Works Clearinghouse - October 16, 2012

1. Using Visual Supports with Infants and Toddlers

Source: Tots-n-Tech Research Institute - October 18, 2012

The Tots-n-Tech Research Institute has published its October 2012 newsletter. This edition looks at visual supports that have been used successfully in childcare centers and preschools and show how they can be used in the home with younger children. For previous issues of the newsletter, go to the Tots 'n Tech home page and scan down.

2. WWC Reviews Study of Project STAR

Source: What Works Clearinghouse - October 16, 2012

The Institute of Education Sciences' What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) recently released a WWC Review of the Report Increasing Young Children's Contact with Print During Shared Reading: Longitudinal Effects on Literacy Achievement, which examined the impact of the Project STAR (Sit Together and Read) reading program on the literacy skills of preschool children. Findings showed that children in the high-dose intervention group had significantly higher spelling skills than those in the comparison group at the two-year follow-up. The other 20 comparisons did not meet WWC evidence standards. For more information, see the full review.

Citation for the full report: Piasta, S., Justice, L., McGinty, A., & Kaderavek, J. (2012). Increasing young children's contact with print during shared reading: Longitudinal effects on literacy achievement. Child Development, 83(3), 810-820.