Emerging Literacy and Language Development Initiative
Definition: Literacy refers to a childs ability to learn language-read, speak, and write. Literacy begins at birth-when an infant and parent make their first eye contact and communication begins.
Implementation: Children learn to be literate by observing and interacting with others. This is why people say literacy is a social process.
Children learn to be literate best when they are actively engaged in learning experiences. For example:
- Listening activities
- Reading and re-reading favorite books
- Telling and re-telling stories
- Writing and drawing stories on paper
- Counting, sorting, and exploring.
Vision: In 2001, PICA launched a three year literacy initiative. We set on a path of realizing our vision of becoming nationally recognized, comprehensive cross-cultural literacy agency that addresses the needs of an ever-changing population.
To reach that vision we by 2004 set out to accomplish the goal of individualizing the childrens curriculum to integrate basic multiple language recognition and practice that flow back and forth between parents, children, families, and employees. This resulted in the development of the New World Curriculum and the creation of PAC/Time.