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 coming to a HELP workshop? Browse our Workshop Calendar for upcoming dates.