How can you nourish children’s early literacy and language development?
Use ELLCO Pre-K to improve literacy practices and supports in preschool classrooms
The Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation (ELLCO) tool helps build better literacy programs by assessing the quality of the classroom environment and teachers’ practices. With ELLCO, educators gather the essential data needed for professional development and program improvement that lead to better literacy outcomes for young children.
ELLCO Pre-K is designed specifically for early childhood settings, focusing on important preliteracy activities like storybook reading, circle time conversations, and child-originated storywriting. ELLCO Pre-K helps programs
- get a complete picture of classrooms’ literacy environment
- meet NAEYC and IRA recommendations for print-rich preschool environments
- give teachers explicit guidance on ways to strengthen the quality of teaching practices in positive, supportive ways
Examine 19 items in 5 critical categories to get a full picture of classroom literacy supports. Specific descriptors for each rating help you choose the most accurate rating
Supplement your observation with the brief Teacher Interview, which gives you 7 critical questions to ask preschool teachers
Rate each ELLCO item and tally up the totals using the easy 1-page score form
Use scores to track progress over time and identify particular areas of strengths and weaknesses to target professional development areas
At a glance
What is it?
An observational tool that examines the quality of language and literacy practices and materials in early childhood classrooms.
Which areas does it examine?
It examines 19 items in 5 critical areas: Classroom structure, curriculum, language environment, books and book reading, and print and early writing.
Who completes it?
Researchers, supervisors, program directors, principals, administrators and/or teachers.
What are its components?
The tool (classroom observation and teacher interview) and user’s guide.
How long does it take to complete?
Approximately 1–1½ hours.
Is it reliable?
Yes. The ELLCO Research Edition was used for research purposes in more than 150 preschool classrooms; the reliability was 90% or better.