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Early Literacy

Early literacy is what children know about communication, language—verbal and non-verbal—reading and writing before they can actually read and write.

What Are Starlings?

A Starling is a wearable word counting system that lets parents and caregivers see how many words they are saying to children every day.

Why Use Starlings?

Parents and caregivers spend lots of time with children and are the primary talkers, questioners, responders and listeners. These actions encourage children to talk as they go about their daily activities and make it possible for them to learn new words, concepts and ideas. This leads to strong vocabularies, one of the essential pre-reading skills needed when learning to read.

Get your child ready to learn by making reading, talking and singing a regular part of your day. Do this in a variety of ways: read and discuss the books you borrow from the library; make up silly songs to sing; and talk about things you are doing together. If you want to get an idea of how many words your child is hearing and speaking, attach a Starling to him/her and download the free smartphone app to daily track the number of words.

Borrowing Starlings From the Library

Starling kit

16 Starlings Kits are available for customer checkout.

One Starling kit (Starling, charging cable, plug, clip attachment, dock, and carry case)

Four books (Baby Faces, Don't Push the Button!, Hooray for Books!, and What Does the Baby Say?)

One puppet

Eight stacking cups

Three laminated information sheets

Starlings are compatible with the iPhone 5S and newer generations, as well as iPads (second generation and up). The Starling is compatible with iOS Version 9.0+ and Android.

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