ExCELL promotes the development of preschoolers’ early language and literacy skills through four main program components:
1. Professional development (PD) and classroom-based coaching. Systematic, ongoing PD and coaching is provided to participating preschool educators. PD and coaching sessions focus on the latest research-based early literacy and family literacy approaches to enhance classroom and home literacy environments and teaching practices.
2. High quality instructional materials and children’s books. Each ExCELL classroom receives carefully selected instructional materials that promote early literacy and language skills for use in the classroom during large/small group instruction, teacher-led activities, and child-initiated activities.
3. Family literacy events and home literacy materials. ExCELL provides monthly school- and community-based family literacy events linked to the ExCELL PD topics to establish a language-and literacy-rich home environment for every child.
4. Evaluation. ExCELL implements a comprehensive, multi-level evaluation model involving formative and summative data collection at the classroom/teacher, parent/family, and child levels.