Milestones of Early Literacy Development

Guidance on how to support early literacy development in children.

Reach Out and Read's well-known chart, MILESTONES OF EARLY LITERACY DEVELOPMENT, offers information - in an easy-to-read grid - on the developmental stages (both motor and cognitive) that lay the foundation for learning to read. Targeted to ages 6 months through 5 years, the MILESTONES include tips and guidance for healthcare providers, parents, and caregivers on choosing books and reading aloud to children at different ages.

Download the chart in English here.

Download the chart in Spanish here.

U.S. Totals
4.2 million
children served annually

Reach Out and Read's thousands of doctors and nurses promote early literacy and school readiness to young children and their families in all 50 states. Each year, medical providers at the nearly 5,000 Reach Out and Read program sites nationwide distribute 6.5 million books to children and invaluable literacy advice to parents.

  Local Impact
Awards & Endorsements Recognition for Reach Out and Read's Impact Nationwide.
Endorsed By American Academy of Pediatrics
Award Winner 2013 David M. Rubenstein Prize
Endorsed by National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
Literacy Partner American Academy of Family Physicians

Parent Resources

A Prescription to Read 20 Minutes Every Day.

Suggested Reading:


Title: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Author: Eileen Christelow
Reading To Your Twenty-Four To Thirty-Six Month Old

A rhyming text introduces numeracy skills to young children as they learn to count the monkeys in this appealing book.  Books are filled with so many learning opportunities!

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