Reading proficiency in the US is alarmingly low with a majority of adults reading at the fourth grade level. Learning to read begins in tandem with learning to talk, thus developmental support begins in infancy.
The Childhood Literacy Special Interest Group (CHL SIG) was developed in 2008 and aims to increase the visibility of the nurse practitioners’ commitment to early childhood literacy and reading readiness. The SIG will promote multiple areas of child development, positive parental attitude and knowledge toward reading aloud, fine motor book handling skills and increased language development.
To promote literacy of children and adolescents which developmentally and culturally supports language acquisition, the love of reading and the ability to use written language.
Early childhood literacy programs, such as Reach Out and Read, have been well promoted in medical circles but lack an identified nurse practitioner component.
A Childhood Literacy Special Interest Group within NAPNAP will increase the visibility of NP commitment to multiple areas of child development such as attachment, positive parental attitude and knowledge toward reading aloud, fine motor book handling skills, increased language development and subjective evidence of love of reading.
We believe that literacy skills, which begin in infancy and cross the life span, are tied to one’s future academic success, health and wellness, personal enrichment and optimal adult productivity.
Please visit the Journal of Pediatric Health Care to search for articles on childhood literacy.