Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 1999

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Timothy W. Young

Second Committee Member

Frederick Abel

Third Committee Member

Osman Alawiye


The purpose of this project was to increase literacy skills of children birth to age eight, through parent involvement. Research on the factors that contribute to early literacy and ways that parents can be involved in the literacy development of their child was studied. A parent handbook was created, which suggests that the development of literacy is a gradual process, which occurs long before the child enters school. The handbook included resources, information and activities to further increase parent involvement in the literacy learning of their child.