Supporting children's vocabulary and literacy development by linking research to practice.

Early Learning Interventions is a team of researchers, curriculum specialists, coaches and assessment coordinators that work together to create language and literacy programs that support and enhance the instructional practices of early childhood teachers.

Our programs focus on book reading strategies that build children’s vocabulary and communication skills.  ELI provides training, coaching and instructional materials to implement high quality classroom instruction.

Why is Early Learning important?

A child’s early years lay the foundation for their growth and development. Research clearly shows that children’s early exposure to language experiences impacts their ability to learn to read, and as a result, affects their overall success in school (Hart & Risley, 1995; Weisleder & Fernald, 2013). Early education plays a critical role during this important developmental period. Research linking early intervention to both cognitive and socio-emotional gains has fueled the recent attention to advocating for universal preschool and to zero to three programs that focus on children before formal school begins. Starting early matters, especially for language development.

Although early childhood research has clearly identified effective practices that can support children’s language and literacy development, there appears to be a gap in translating this research into practice (Neuman & Dyer, 2009). Many early childhood classrooms do not provide opportunities for children to develop the language and vocabulary skills need as precursors for learning to read. Our goal is to understand how to effectively implement effective, evidence-based practices in early childhood classrooms and support teachers in providing language and literacy experiences for young children.