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Increasing the use of bonding, attachment, and early literacy practices among young adults ages 16-25

Babies are born learning, and every environment is a learning environment. This is the message that ECAP Early Literacy Strategy Group is working to share throughout the community.

The work is hands-on and on-the-ground as the Early Literacy Strategy Group lets families know that singing, playing, reading, talking, smiling, and snuggling with children, starting from birth, are important aspects of early literacy.

The group takes the Early Literacy Roadshow, a kit filled with free and recycled materials, to community events to encourage families to get creative with everyday items to engage babies and young children in brain-building play wherever they happen to be.

The group has also developed a training module and materials to support organizations who are interested in sharing messages about early literacy and brain development with families they serve. The organizational training is based on the messages we share at community events with our Early Literacy Roadshow.

This is being rolled out along with a community-wide social marketing campaign called Making Moments Matter. 

To ensure the messages we are using with families and in our materials are reaching our key audience, the group is working with local high school students to develop early literacy-focused messages to reach young adults in our community.

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Leadership

Paula Steele

Chair Person

UNM

pgsteele@unm.edu

Hollie Lovely

Chair Person

New Mexico PBS

hlovely@newmexicopbs.org

Staff

Tracy McDaniel

ECAP Coordinator

505-247-3671

tracy@missiongraduatenm.org

Meetings & Events

Related Research

Differing Cognitive Trajectories of Mexican American Toddlers Year: 2015 Author: Bruce Fuller, Edward Bein, Yoonjeon Kim, Sophia Rabe-Hesketh
Book/Journal Title:
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Mapping Family Change and Child Well-Being Year: 2015 Author: Child Trends
Publisher:
Child Trends
From Crawling to Walking Year: 2015 Author: Laura Bornfreund, Shayna Cook, Abbie Lieberman, Aaron Loewenberg
Publisher:
New America
Synthesis of IES Research on Early Intervention and Early Childhood Education Year: 2013 Author: Karen E. Diamond, Laura M. Justice, Robert S. Siegler, Patricia A. Snyder
Publisher:
National Center for Special Education Research, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education

Partners

Lance Chilton
University of New Mexico Hospital
Janelle Cole
UNM Family Development Program
Elizabeth Exil
Mission: Graduate/United Way of Central New Mexico
Anita Fernandez
City of Albuquerque
Dan Gerry
WAVE Foundation
Diana Good
Dept. of Health
Debbie Hassi
Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library 
Tara Henderson
Explora
Derek Kuit
Mission: Graduate/United Way of Central New Mexico
Tracy McDaniel
Mission: Graduate
Huong Nguyen
NM Asian Family Center
Betsey Swan
Kuan Tikkun
Rio Commun ities EDC
Teri Wimborne
Mission: Graduate/United Way of Central New Mexico