Promoting Early Literacy Development

Family physicians should promote early literacy development as an important intervention at health supervision visits for children from six months through six years of age by effective methods that include:

  1. Advising parents and caregivers about the importance of reading aloud to young children;
  2. Counseling parents and caregivers about specific age- and developmentally-appropriate reading activities; and
  3. Participating in early literacy programs. (2009 COD)