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How can you build better literacy programs?

Use the ELLCO classroom observation tool to strengthen early literacy supports

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Programs across the country use the Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation (ELLCO) Tool to identify the practices and environmental supports that nourish children’s literacy and language development. With ELLCO, you’ll gather the essential data you need to see what’s working, target areas for quality improvement, and monitor teacher and student progress over time.

  • ELLCO Pre-K is a reliable observation tool that’s tailored specifically to early childhood settings, focusing on important preliteracy activities like storybook reading, circle time conversations, and child-originated storywriting.
  • ELLCO K–3 is tailored specifically to early elementary settings, focusing on what research identifies as key components of reading, writing, and effective instruction.

To rate the early literacy environment in home-based child care settings, use CHELLO.