Hill Early Literacy Program (HELP)

The Hill Early Literacy Program (HELP) is a research-based early literacy curriculum that brings together critical pre-reading research and creates a model for the successful development of reading skills in three-and four-year old preschool children. The development of early literacy skills is important for all children, but especially important for children who do not have the advantage of literacy-rich experiences. Becoming a skilled reader develops over time and requires many opportunities for children to:

  • Build spoken language by talking and listening
  • Recognize print in books
  • Manipulate the sounds of spoken language (phonological awareness)
  • Learn about the letters of the alphabet
  • Experience books through reading aloud and engaging in conversations about the books
Components of the HELP Curriculum

The HELP curriculum consists of 72 scripted weekly lessons for 3-year olds and 72 lessons for 4-year olds that provide consistent, structured opportunities to develop those skills. Each lesson includes five key skill areas:

  • Oral Language
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Print Awareness/Book Knowledge and Handling
  • Letter Recognition/Alphabetic Knowledge (Letter/Sound)
  • Pre-Writing
HELP Impact

Evaluation of an intensive, 2-year HELP implementation in Davie County was conducted by RTI International. Overall findings showed that students and teachers both demonstrated significant growth in skills and knowledge.

Interested in HELP for your organization, school, or district? Contact partnerships@hillcenter.org to learn more.