Stepping Stones to Literacy
- Supplemental curriculum designed for preschoolers and kindergarteners having trouble with reading
- Lesson plans consist of listening, using a range of of print materials, and developing phonological awareness
- Program consists of twenty-five daily lessons, 10–20 minutes in length
Strength of evidence
Evidence level: Proven (highest tier)
Proven (highest tier)
Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by the U.S. Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse
Approximately $240 per student per year
- Not available
Outcomes and impact
- Positive effect on alphabetics, listening, and phonological skills
- Improved alphabetics outcomes by an average of 30 percentile points
Keys to successful implementation
- Note: This content is under review
- To determine which students should receive programming, assessments like the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills should be provided to potential participants.
- Instructors should follow lesson formats and instruct participating children every day without improvisation or skipped days. Lessons should be paced according to student ability.
- Instruction should occur in small groups, and instructors should provide children with encouragement and constructive feedback throughout lessons.
- Instructional support is available in Spanish to help address unique challenges to ESL learners