Foundations of Early Literacy

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Program Description

Event Details

May 6 - June 2, 2024 | Four-week course

Estimated Time Commitment: 2.5 hours per week, or 10 hours total

This class is based on the research and resources of the Every Child Ready to Read® initiative (from ALA’s Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children) and is informed by child development. Through it you will become familiar with early literacy skills (phonological awareness, print awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, and background knowledge) and practices (talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing) and how they can be applied to one-on-one interactions with children and their parents and caregivers. In addition, you will learn ways in which library environments can be supportive of staff sharing early literacy information and activities.

This Foundations course does not require a background in children’s services. We can “lead with early literacy” from any position. This course does not address storytime programs.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to

  • Define early literacy, describing what it is and is not
  • Execute dialogic reading techniques to support richer language development in children
  • Identify and describe ways to share books to support early literacy components at each age level: infants, toddlers, two-year- olds and three- to five-year olds
  • Describe the five early literacy practices/activities from the Every Child Ready to Read® program and how each can support he early literacy components
  • Develop and implement activities/action to support early literacy with young children and their families from any library position/role

This class is four weeks of content. Although there are individual differences, you may expect each week to take 3 – 4 hours of work which includes the readings, watching the presentations and homework assignments.


Pamela Martin-Díaz is an Early Childhood Literacy Consultant whose workshops are shaped by decades of experience as a children’s librarian and branch manager. She is currently working with Head Start in rural Ohio on a project to expand and deepen the impact of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Her workshops are framed by her belief that librarians can help improve young children’s educational outcomes by influencing and inspiring the adults in young children’s lives to share books with them interactively, intentionally and with joy. Pamela is co-author with Saroj Ghoting of Early Literacy Storytimes@your library: Partnering with Caregivers for Success, ALA Editions, Chicago, IL 2006 and Storytimes for Everyone! Developing Young Children’s Language and Literacy, ALA Editions, 2013. She has a MA in Library Science from the University of Chicago.

CALL Training Partner for this Event: Library Juice Academy

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Additional Information

Enrollment Statement

I understand that a space will be reserved for me in this learning opportunity at a cost to CALL, and if I am unable to attend this learning opportunity, I will cancel my enrollment as soon as possible and before the start date. 

Single Enrollment Disclaimer

I understand that I can register for only one course at a time (no concurrent courses). If I do not attend this course, I understand that I may forfeit the opportunity to enroll in additional CALL courses during this fiscal year.