Professional Learning for Early Childhood Educators
LETRS® for Early Childhood Educators professional learning provides deep knowledge of literacy instruction for the youngest learners. The more children know about language and literacy before they begin kindergarten and first grade, the better equipped they are to succeed in reading and beyond.
Why LETRS for Early Childhood Educators?
Dr. Louisa Moats and Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson designed this course of study for early childhood educators because research shows the foundation of literacy begins at a young age. Early childhood educators need the same level of professional learning as K–3 educators to effectively teach the foundation of literacy.
Studies show that pre-K and kindergarten prepare children to thrive in school and accelerate their learning. Even at this early stage of learning, independent experts agree that "a well-implemented, evidence-based curriculum" and an emphasis on the quality and continuous training of early childhood educators leads to success in the classroom.
Early childhood educators gain new skills to help the youngest learners build a literacy foundation from the first step, even before learning to read and write. Educators learn best practices for developmentally appropriate, evidence-based routines and instruction impacting the delivery of playful, purposeful instruction essential for the development of early literacy skills.
Lexia® LETRS® for Early Childhood Educators empowers educators to apply best-practice strategies to guide children’s early learning. Research-based knowledge and skills needed for successful early literacy instruction are taught throughout the course of study with opportunities for educators to practice strategies and routines to develop oral language, print knowledge, alphabet learning, and writing skills of early learners. Educators gain an understanding of age-appropriate assessments and how to use data to plan and implement instruction for the youngest learners.
Lexia LETRS for Early Childhood Educators provides deep knowledge and clarity of effective skills necessary to prepare the youngest learners for success in kindergarten and beyond by providing the “why” and “how” of early literacy instruction across all domains: language, literacy, cognitive, motor, social, and emotional.
Based in the science of reading
Competent reading is dependent on being able to decode words (word recognition) and make meaning of what is read (language comprehension). The development of each of these components begins in the preschool years. Lexia LETRS for Early Childhood Educators describes the early literacy foundations and development that lead to a smooth transition to early reading and writing.
Why every educator needs to understand the science of reading:
Flexible, self-paced learning
Courses are self-paced and on-demand so educators can access and complete their professional learning anytime, anywhere. This flexibility allows Lexia LETRS for Early Childhood Educators to fit into the busy lives of teachers.
Adaptive Blended Learning
The Lexia LETRS for Early Childhood Educators course consists of the online learning platform and print manual. The online learning platform and print manual are aligned and work together to deepen educators’ understanding of the concepts. Additionally, facilitator-led professional learning sessions can be purchased.
Written by leading experts and researchers Drs. Lucy Hart Paulson and Louisa Moats (pictured from left to right).
Graduate or Transcript Credit Available
Lexia is excited to partner with the American College of Education (ACE). This partnership allows you to earn graduate or transcript credit for Lexia LETRS for Early Childhood Educators.
The Four Units of the Program
Unit 1: Early Literacy Foundations
Unit 2: Oral Language Connections
Unit 3: Phonological “PH”oundations
Unit 4: Print Knowledge ABC to XYZ