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

Help Your Child Get a Nemours BrightStart!

Nemours BrightStart! helps parents understand early literacy development and provides tools to help their children gain skills for reading success.

Screening Process

Nemours BrightStart! reading readiness screenings are very child-friendly. Specially trained staff work one-on-one with the child to check his or her knowledge of print, letter names, sounds, and listening skills that support the abilities required in learning to read.

The screening only takes about 10 minutes. If a child has trouble with these skills, Nemours BrightStart! may provide direct services including special early literacy instruction, or offer guidance for parents and teachers to help the child build these skills and become better prepared for reading success.

Mobile Classrooms

Our state-of-the-art mobile classrooms allow us to bring Nemours BrightStart! to you. We provide screenings and general information at events in communities throughout the year.

Workshops for Parents

Nemours BrightStart! is proud to offer free parent education workshops on a variety of early literacy topics.

Community Events

View our Nemours BrightStart! Event Calendar to get information about upcoming mobile classroom visits and workshops for parents. Go to Event Calendar »

More Resources for Parents

Nemours BrightStart! Tools on

A Parent's Guide to Reading Readiness

This guide gives you information on how to support your child (ages 3 to 5) on his or her reading journey. Along with invaluable advice, the book, available in English or Spanish, provides:

  • a checklist of reading readiness skills
    for prekindergarteners
  • lists of children’s books to read aloud
    that work on specific literacy skills
  • fun activities to do at home to prepare children
    to learn to read

Milestone Map

This full-color illustrated poster addresses parents' and teachers' concerns about children's reading readiness and progress. It includes milestones and warning signs indicating when children may be at risk for reading challenges from birth through age 6.

By tracking along with this simple map, parents can be sure their children are keeping up with their peers and intervene if they begin to notice warning signs of dyslexia or reading failure. Available in English or Spanish.

Available for Download

Here are more brochures, pamphlets, and presentations from Nemours BrightStart! available for download:

Recommended Reading for Parents

  • “Starting Out Right: A Guide to Promoting Children’s Reading Success,” published by the National Research Council, Eds M. Susan Burns, Peg Griffin and Catherine E. Snow, 1999.
  • “Straight Talk About Reading,” by Susan L. Hall and Louisa C. Moats, 1999.

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