LETRS for Early Childhood Educators

Set the Tone for Lifelong Learning

LETRS for Early Childhood Educators provides the in-depth knowledge PreK–K teachers need to teach language and literacy skills to every student

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Prepare Young Learners for Literacy Success with These Foundational Skills

LETRS® For Early Childhood Educators is a professional development course designed with developmentally appropriate content woven throughout, providing the in-depth knowledge preK–K teachers need to teach language and literacy skills.


Give Teachers the Knowledge and Skills to Develop Early Literacy

The more children know about language and literacy before they begin formal schooling, the better equipped they are to succeed in reading and beyond. Created by renowned early childhood educator and author Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson, LETRS for Early Childhood Educators professional development for teachers helps preK–K educators provide young learners with the early literacy skills essential for later success.

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Empower teachers with an understanding of the what, why, and how involved with early literacy instruction to prepare young learners to read and write.


The key components of early language and literacy instruction.


Intentional instruction can stimulate language, cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development.


Developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) includes a balance of teacher-led and student-led activities.


To interpret individual differences on assessments and to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of each student.


To implement effective instructional routines and activities to ensure students are ready for kindergarten.


Respected Authorship


Dr. Louisa C. Moats

Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D., is a nationally recognized authority on literacy education and is widely acclaimed as a researcher, speaker, consultant, and trainer. Dr. Moats received her doctorate in reading and human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is widely published on reading instruction, the professional development of teachers, and the relationship between language, reading, and spelling.


Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson

Lucy Hart Paulson, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and literacy specialist with years of experience working with children and their families. She is the lead author of LETRS for Early Childhood Educators, Building Early Literacy and Language Skills, and Good Talking Words.

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Featured Resources


WEBINAR: Purposeful Play and Playful Learning

Play has long been considered an important contributor to children’s learning and development. How does your understanding of play match up with cognitive research and how play contributes to children’s learning?

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10 Reasons Literacy PD is Essential

10 Reasons Why Literacy Professional Development is Essential

LETRS is for all educators who teach reading. LETRS accelerates teacher knowledge, which directly benefits the students they teach. Here are 10 reasons, based on research, why LETRS professional development is essential for raising reading achievement and empowering teachers.

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The Heart of Teaching—Social Emotional Learning in Young Children

Social emotional learning is a prevalent topic in education today, with a recognition that how children feel is as important as their academic growth. Social emotional learning develops as we effectively learn to use the background knowledge we have gained through experiences and skills acquired to help us with everyday tasks.

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Prepare early childhood education teachers to help all children learn to read

LETRS Training & Support Services

We are committed to a long-term partnership with every district that implements our solutions. Each implementation support plan is individually crafted with school and/or district administrators to meet specific needs, including making explicit connections to state standards and/or the CCSS. Districts can choose from a menu of training and support options including in-person, online, or a combination of both.

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