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! offers a free reading readiness screener online for parents of children ages 3 to 5.

Call (877) 878-3118 for more information.

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.

Contact Us

Address:10140 Centurion Parkway N.
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Phone: (904) 697-3118 or (877) 878-3118