Tips for Parents

Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy proudly partners with the Rollins Center for Language & Learning at the Atlanta Speech School to maximize the benefits of its early literacy program using research-based strategies to foster the language and literacy skills of young children.

In just four minutes, by watching the READ video below, you can learn what you can do to make books come alive for your child and increase his/her learning: Repeat Books, Engage and Enjoy, Ask Questions, and Do More.

A two-page coaching sheet recaps the four steps, and provides more information on the research that is the basis for the READ strategy. Click here for coaching sheet (PDF).

This video is narrated by Justin Cook, a 2010 graduate of the Atlanta Speech School’s Wardlaw School.


Parents are their child's FIRST TEACHERS!

Parents have the greatest impact on their children - in the everyday moments they spend together during the early years of development. Watch this video to learn more.


Talk With Me Baby

Language is just as important for your baby’s brain growth and development as food is for his body. The following two videos show why talking, reading and singing with your young children, especially from birth until three years of age, are so important for later academic success. Click here for more information about how talking with your baby makes your baby smarter.

Meet Baby Ella

Talk With Your Baby

Additional Resources

Check out the Get Ready to Read! program at for additional early literacy and learning tips for children of all ages. They offer newsletters, videos, tool kits, and other useful resources for parents.

Early Reading Benefits

The key is to start at birth. Immersing a child in a rich literacy environment can be a stronger predictor of literacy and academic achievement than family income. The more words a child hears, the larger the child’s vocabulary, and the larger the child’s vocabulary, the more likely the child will be a proficient reader.

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