Alternative Services

Education Resources

Many of the listed resources are given to parents as well, and may even be directed at parents as the intended audience. Think about how you can utilize some of these resources to make something for kids or their parents to be able to use. That could be a video talking about your favorite book, and what it means to you, or maybe a video for parents explaining how to properly incorporate dialogic reading when they read to their children. How can we use what we have to get kids more invested in the world around them? 

Teaching Resources

Blank SRO

Consider making an activity printout or video based on boosting a specific SRO area. What fun games could you make?

Additionally, check out Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards and the ECASD 4 Year Old Benchmark for other Kindergarten readiness goals.

How to Tell Your 4K Impact Story

Storyteller Bob Kann shares an example of how to tell a story of the impact of community approaches to four-year-old kindergarten. This playlist has a bunch of storytelling techniques and information.

MoonCake English

Although MoonCake makes videos for online ESL teachers, her methods can still be applied to a Live Online Read-Aloud, or even in other videos. 

Online Teaching Tips for ESL Teachers

ESL Warmup for Young Learners

ESL Weather Games for Young Learners

DPI and EC Evaluation Resources

DPI Early Childhood: https://dpi.wi.gov/families-students/programs-initiatives/early-childhood

Kindergarten Readiness Resources:




Reading and Literacy Resources

Dialogic Reading: An Effective Way to Read Aloud with Young Children

"Dialogic reading works. Children who have been read to dialogically are substantially ahead of children who have been read to traditionally on tests of language development. Children can jump ahead by several months in just a few weeks of dialogic reading." (https://www.readingrockets.org/article/dialogic-reading-effective-way-read-aloud-young-children)

Too Small to Fail

An all around resource (Reading, Math, and Social/Emotional Skills)

"Too Small to Fail, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, is leading a public awareness and action campaign to promote the importance of early brain and language development and to empower parents with tools to talk, read, and sing with their young children from birth. Today, almost 60 percent of children in the United States start kindergarten unprepared, lagging behind their peers in critical language and reading skills. Through partnerships with pediatricians, hospitals, faith-based leaders, community based organizations, businesses, entertainment industry leaders, and others, Too Small to Fail is meeting parents where they are to help them prepare their children for success in school and beyond. Whether at the pediatrician's office or the playground, Too Small to Fail aims to make small moments big by creating opportunities for meaningful interactions anytime, anywhere." (http://toosmall.org/)

Talking is Teaching

This resource is directed at Reading and Math skills. 

""Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing" is a public awareness and action campaign that helps parents recognize their power to boost their children’s early brain and vocabulary development through simple, everyday actions - like describing things while walking outside, or singing songs together during bath time. Using books, parent videos, text messaging, social media, and information from expert partners, Talking is Teaching empowers parents and caregivers with fun and easy ways to improve their babies' learning." (https://talkingisteaching.org/)

Talking is Teaching - Chippewa Valley

When you talk, read, sing, and play with your child - even before they can use words - you're building their brain and helping to prepare them for success in school and in life.​ But it may not always be easy to talk to babies, especially when they can't talk back. To help, we've pulled fun tips and resources grounded in the best science, to help you talk, read, sing, and play with your child every day. (https://www.literacychippewavalley.org/talking-is-teaching-chippewa-valley)

Eau Claire Public Library

The L.E. Phillips Public Memorial Library provides many tools for parents and caregivers to enrich the learning experience of their children. These resources include: Story Kits, Nature Backpacks, Babysitter Backpacks, Steam Backpacks, Tours, and the Parent/Teacher Resource room. (https://www.ecpubliclibrary.info/kids/parents-and-teachers/)

Extra Resources 

Parent Play and Read-Aloud List


Story Dice

Story Cards


Get Ready to Read

Get Ready to Read! is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten. Intended for use with all children, the resources and information provided on this site promote skill-building, communication between adults, and ways to address concerns. (http://www.getreadytoread.org/)

Get Ready to Read Crafts and Activities

International Childrens Digital Library

The ICDL Foundation promotes tolerance and respect for diverse cultures by providing access to the best of children's literature from around the world. (http://en.childrenslibrary.org/)

Math Resources

Too Small to Fail - Math

See above for description.

Talking is Teaching - Math Resources

See above for description.

NAEYC - Math at Home

NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. They advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.


A collection of free, research-based materials for early childhood teacher educators to support prospective and practicing teachers to promote young childrens' mathematical learning.

Social and Emotional Resources

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country. (http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/resources/strategies.html)

Too Small to Fail

See above for description.

Talking is Teaching S&E Resources:

Resource Bank (https://talkingisteaching.org/resources/social-emotional)

Social and Emotional Research Background (https://talkingisteaching.org/resources/social-emotional-research-background)

Tips for Families  (https://talkingisteaching.org/resources/social-emotional-tips-for-families)

Member Resources


UW - Eau Claire ECLIPSE Program



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