EC1. Building Emergent Literacy

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Building Emergent Literacy

Welcome to the Building Emergent Literacy Module! This module is the 1st module in a six-part series that explores the foundational knowledge needed to support diverse young learners in various settings. Specifically, this module will lay the foundation for the roadmap to reading in later years. This module will highlight the history of early literacy and the directions to take in supportin child outcomes.

Estimated Completion Time: 2.5-3 hours

  • EC1. Building Emergent Literacy
    • Pre-Assessment: Emergent Literacy
    • 1. Introduction to Emergent Literacy
    • 2. History of Teaching Literacy
    • 4. Assessment in Early Literacy
    • 5. Fostering Emergent Literacy
    • 6. Inclusive Approaches in Promoting Emergent Literacy
    • Post-Assessment: Phonological Processing
How to use this Module


Welcome to the Ohio Literacy Library’s Early Childhood (B-K) series! We present six modules in this series designed to assist all educators and other interested stakeholders in helping young children acquire foundational early literacy skills. 

In this module, we will address emergent literacy, including the history of early literacy, developmentally appropriate practices, assessment, and supporting a wide range of diverse young learners. We will discuss each of these areas while incorporating strategies for fostering foundation literacy experiences in the early years and identify considerations for adapting and modifying content to support the individualized needs of young children across environments and experiences. 

Whether you are an early interventionist, caregiver, teacher, administrator, paraprofessional, parent, related service provider, higher education faculty or candidate, or have another role in helping a child develop their early literacy skills, we want to say THANK YOU. We know your time is valuable, and you would not be here if you weren’t interested in supporting outcomes for young children and families. 


The University of Cincinnati Systems Development & Improvement Center



This is the first course in a six-part series on early childhood emergent literacy.

Module Description

This module introduces a foundational overview of building emergent literacy skills that can start well before children are reading. Potentially, the content here can serve as a guide fo determining how and when to foster language and literacy skills in all children while also serving as a resource to identify red flags early. By completing this module, we hope you will gain the necessary background knowledge to continue with further modules that delve deeper into best practices in early childhood literacy. The content of this module is designed to assist early childhood educators, families, and other stakeholders in learning why phonological processing is an essential component of early literacy learning and how to support all children.

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Desired Outcome

After completing this module, you will understand the foundational approaches of building emergent literacy. Our goal is that as you engage with this content, you will reflect on the current practices that you use and consider how these align with recommended and research-based practices. We hope your engagement with this content supports your growth as you support the ongoing development of young children.

Module Learning Objectives

This module aims to increase your knowledge and understanding of phonological processing. By completing this module, you will be able to: 

Number 1

Identify examples of research-based emergent literacy practices.

Number 2

Describe the history of early literacy.

Number 3

Explain considerations for facilitating emergent literacy skills.

Number 4

Discuss environmental factors that may impact emergent literacy.

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