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.
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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.
-To gather and disseminate evidence-based and academically accepted information about early interventions fundamental to development of literacy skills in infants, children and adolescents.
-To educate healthcare professionals and families about information and strategies known to support the acquisition of literacy skills in children.
-To foster relationships with other professionals in the fields of language, communication, reading and use of written language.
-To establish practice models promoting children’s literacy, screening for language development and reading readiness.
-To raise public awareness of childhood literacy and the necessity of comprehensive programs at the local, state and national levels.
Please visit the Journal of Pediatric Health Care to search for articles on childhood literacy.
Chair: Andra L. Fjone, DrPH, MN, APRN, CPNP
Co Chair: Melody L. Skinner, DNP, APRN, CPNP