Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

Lynn Gehrke

Second Reader

Jackie Mosqueda


language and literacy development, early childhood education, home intervention, family involvement


Home visit intervention programs offer a unique opportunity to support infants and toddlers' language and literacy development. Ongoing literacy instruction on shared reading and specific at-home activities that build skills should be combined with book distribution to provide at-risk families the information they need to enhance positive reading interactions with their very young children. Professionals need tools and information to support the use of family routines as a mechanism for increasing attachment security through reading and to engage parents in attitudinal shifts that will increase children's exposure to books and oral language. The resource kit contained within provides home visit professionals with research summaries, information on language and literacy development and outlines home visit language and literacy strategies for children aged birth through 3, including parent handouts and book lists.


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