Produced by Sesame Workshop, the non-profit, educational organization behind Sesame Street, and sponsored by the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), Building a Reader is a free online course for early childhood educators to increase capacity building and knowledge around early literacy and family engagement.

This interactive online course includes ways to engage young children to explore key literacy goals, strategies, and activities to support early learning curriculum, and tools to connect with parents around those same language and literacy objectives. Within the course, educators will learn how to engage children ages 2–5 in their journey to become proficient readers and writers.

Course Structure

  • Unit 1: Engaging Young Readers
  • Unit 2: Conversation and Storytelling
  • Unit 3: Let’s Read
  • Unit 4: Blossoming Writers
  • Unit 5: Broadening Literacy Experiences