Although this chapter can certainly be read immediately after this introduction, it is also true that reading the chapter on Growing Up to Read will help in clarifying how your child got to this point. Likewise, we suggest that parents of preschool children should also read about the early grades, to gain perspective on where they are headed. And we suggest that people with an interest in preventing reading difficulties—family and community members, school administrators, district leaders, teachers, curriculum decision makers, volunteer tutors, and elected officials—read the entire book. Please note that we sometimes refer to a parent, when in fact a teacher or early childhood professional may be the adult participating in the activity. And, we sometimes use the word teacher when in practice it might be a parent participating in the activity.



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