Reading Development

Risk Factors for Reading Problems

Get the facts on risk factors for reading problems to help put all kids on the path to reading success, right from the start.

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Tools & Services

Helping Children Get a BrightStart!

Nemours understands that success in reading is essential to a child’s well-being and that if reading problems are not discovered early the challenge to close the achievement gap is greater. Nemours BrightStart! was designed with the help of early childhood educators, researchers and early learning specialists to address the problem of reading failure. This one-of-a-kind program offers science-based instructional programs, tools and professional learning services to address the real-life challenges of building reading readiness skills in young children as early as prekindergarten. Our program joins together schools, teachers and families to ensure that every child is given the chance to become a successful reader.

Nemours BrightStart! The Complete Program for Early Literacy Success

Nemours BrightStart! has designed a unique multisensory approach to teach struggling young children the skills necessary for future reading success. Nemours BrightStart! The Complete Program for Early Literacy Success has been field tested with thousands of prekindergarten and kindergarten children at risk of reading failure and has proven highly effective in building alphabet knowledge and phonological awareness skills that support future reading success.

The Nemours BrightStart! curricula are the perfect solution for Tier Two instruction for struggling readers and support Response to Intervention (RTI) in the classroom. They are effective teaching tools for all children learning to read.

In order to reach out to more children, Nemours BrightStart! partnered with Kaplan Early Learning Company, a leading international provider of products and services that enhance children’s learning. The partnership led to the publication and distribution of Nemours BrightStart! products throughout the U.S.


Nemours BrightStart! The Complete Program for Early Literacy Success: Level One

For Prekindergarten - Emergent Readers

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This unique, interactive and fun program is specifically designed for teaching early literacy skills to small groups of at-risk four- and five-year-old children. The 20-lesson program puts teachers at the forefront of early literacy best practices with an exciting multisensory approach to building reading readiness skills in struggling learners. The Complete Level One program includes specific instruction for developing oral language, print awareness, alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, emergent writing and comprehension skills.

The Level One Complete Program for Early Literacy Success includes:
  • 20 lesson plans with corresponding materials
  • 200+ early literacy activities
  • Read Aloud Book Set (16 children’s books)
  • Family Connection (parent letters available in English and Spanish)
  • Multisensory materials
  • Skill development checklists for progress monitoring
  • Adaptive and accelerated strategies
  • Teacher’s guide
  • Magnetic whiteboards
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Magnetic letters
  • Craft sticks
  • Music CDs
  • Puppets
  • Sand tray
  • Gel writing boards
  • Additional multisensory manipulatives that promote literacy in the early years

Nemours BrightStart! The Complete Program for Early Literacy Success: Level Two

For K-1 Beginning Readers

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Nemours BrightStart! The Complete Program for Early Literacy Success: Level Two is designed to teach foundational reading skills to children at risk for reading failure. Explicit, systematic instruction and supportive dialogue provide a scaffolded guide for teaching reading with all the materials organized by lesson.

The Lesson Plan Kit includes instruction in mastering beginning reading skills children need in order to become confident readers. Lessons include activities that build print awareness, alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, phonics, emergent writing and fluency.

The Level Two Complete Program for Early Literacy Success includes:
  • 36 lesson plans with corresponding materials
  • Learning objectives aligned with Common Core State Standards
  • 300+ foundational reading activities
  • Family Connection (parent letters available in English and Spanish)
  • Multisensory materials
  • Skill development checklists for progress monitoring
  • Adaptive and accelerated strategies
  • Teacher’s guide
  • Set of 10 predictable books
  • Chart book of rhymes and poems
  • Tactile letter cards and air-writing cards
  • Alphabet bean bags
  • Gel writing boards
  • Cube jar
  • Magnetic whiteboard easel
  • Magnetic whiteboards
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Magnetic letters
  • Craft sticks
  • Sand tray
  • Additional multisensory items that promote literacy in the early years

Family Connections Products

Nemours Bright Start! Milestone Map

Nemours BrightStart! Milestone Map

This 18X24, full-color poster helps parents and educators track important developmental literacy milestones from birth to age 6.

The Nemours BrightStart! Milestone Map offers parents and educators a visual reference when discussing a child’s progress making it a useful tool to use in the classroom.

Available in English and Spanish.


Nemours BrightStart! Parent's Guide to Reading Readiness

This 32-page booklet for parents provides a wealth of information including:
  • Fun reading readiness activities to do at home.
  • A helpful checklist of reading readiness skills for prekindergarteners.
  • Recommended books to develop specific reading readiness skills.
  • An easy-to-use reference to guide your efforts as your child’s first teacher.
  • And much more.

Educators can use this Parent’s Guide to complement high-quality classroom instruction. Available in English and Spanish.

Training and Professional Development

Our unique professional development offerings are designed to assist you in supporting each child’s reach for full potential through literacy success.

Nemours BrightStart! conducts curriculum training and professional development workshops that provide current information on best practices that prepare young children for reading success. All professional development courses incorporate research-based adult learning principles and are designed to make the best use of your time and give you knowledge and skills to apply immediately in your work setting.

Current presentations:
  • Overview of Nemours BrightStart!
  • Curriculum Training for the Nemours BrightStart! The Complete Programfor Early Literacy Success, Level One
  • Curriculum Training for the Nemours BrightStart! The Complete Program for Early Literacy Success: Level Two
  • Enhancing the Literacy Center
  • Reading Aloud to Young Children
  • Emergent Writing
  • Dyslexia 101
  • Basics of Multisensory Instruction
  • Phonological and Phonemic Awareness

We add new topics on a regular basis and also will consider special requests. Please call us at (877) 878-3118 for more information.

Nemours BrightStart! The Complete Program for Early Literacy Success, Level 2 information will be available soon.

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Jacksonville

10140 Centurion Parkway North, Jacksonville, FL 32256
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Phone: (904) 697-3118 or (877) 878-3118
Email: nemoursbrightstart@nemours.org

Orlando

9145 Narcoossee Road, Orlando, FL 43827
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Phone: (877) 878-3118
Email: nemoursbrightstart@nemours.org

Delaware Valley

49 Fallon Avenue, Seaford, DE 19973
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Phone: (877) 878-3118
Email: nemoursbrightstart@nemours.org