Learning starts long before school does
Children start learning the day they’re born, and the trajectory of their future success is shaped by their experiences in the first few years.
But too many parents, grandparents and caregivers don’t know how to support early learning. They need to understand that children are learning during everyday moments – doing everyday activities. As a child’s first and most important teacher, parents can easily turn everyday moments into fun, engaging learning opportunities – and by doing so they give their child the best start possible.
Unfortunately, by the time children enter kindergarten, there’s a gap between those with quality early learning experiences and those without. That turns into an achievement gap by 3rd grade. Most children never catch up. But research shows that children with high-quality early learning in the first few years are more likely to finish school, become part of a productive workforce, and contribute to society and the economy.
The Douglas County School District Early Childhood Education department encourages parents to engage in early learning experiences with their preschoolers and younger children.
Early Childhood Resources
- Book Start: Early Literacy Volunteer Project
- Spellbinders - Volunteer Storytellers
- Cuddle Up and Read
- Every Child Ready to Read
Douglas County Librarires also offer a number of online stories and a story hotline for young children.
- Bubble Wrap - Left click practice
- Clean the Classroom - Mouse practice
- Dress the Teddy - Drag and Drop
- Feed the Monster - Drag and Drop
- Kids Painting Activities
- Little Explorers English-Spanish Picture Dictionary - Translator with Pictures
- Make a Snowman - Left click practice
- Make-a-Truck - Left click practice
- Search and Find - Drag and Drop
- Wild Animal Matching - Left click practice