Say & Play with Words, led by National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), a prominent family literacy organization, with support from the PNC Foundation, is tackling the word gap in Detroit. Say & Play with Words is partnering with the United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s Early Learning Communities to offer vocabulary-building training to child care providers from across the city.

Say & Play with Words trainers are offering four training topics focused on language and literacy development and parent engagement. You may attend one, or attend them all. Trainings are FREE thanks to the PNC Foundation. See below for training info and upcoming dates.

Say & Play with Language

One of the best ways to close the word gap is through talking with children, especially young children. During this session, providers will learn about the role of oral language in literacy success, key milestones by age, and activities to building vocabulary.

Say & Play with Reading

Reading is another building block of vocabulary. This session will introduce providers to Dialogic Reading, a technique where providers ask questions and prompt discussion while reading to their children.

Say & Play with Sounds

Phonetics, the sound letters make, is a key predictor in later reading skills. During this session, providers will learn how to introduce letters and the concept of the sounds letters make to young learners.

Say & Play with Families

Parents are a child’s first teacher, and are integral to early learning. During this training, providers will receive parent engagement insights and resources so parents can integrate language and literacy into their children’s daily lives.

Sign up for an upcoming training today! Can’t make one fit your schedule this month, check back as we’re constantly adding training dates.

Date Time Training Workshop Location Registration Contact
January 30 6:45 - 8:45 pm Say & Play with Reading Macomb Family Services 36975 Utica Rd., Suite 102 Clinton Township, MI 48036

586-226-3440
elc@mfsonline.org

February 2 10:15 am - 1:15 pm Say & Play with Sounds The Matrix Center 13560 E. McNichols Detroit, MI 48205

313-402-0802
jazminej@leapsnbounds.org

February 6 6:45 - 8:45 pm Say & Play with Language Macomb Family Services 36975 Utica Rd., Suite 102 Clinton Township, MI 48036

586-226-3440
elc@mfsonline.org

February 10 9:00 am - 12 noon Say & Play with Sounds Westminster Church 17567 Hubbell Detroit, MI 48235

313-255-0900
pweaver@develctrs.org

February 13 6:45 - 8:45 pm Say & Play with Sounds Macomb Family Services 36975 Utica Rd., Suite 102 Clinton Township, MI 48036

586-226-3440
elc@mfsonline.org

February 20 6:30 - 8:30 pm Say & Play with Sounds Westland Public Library 6123 Central City Pkwy. Westland, MI 48185

734-727-3104
starfishelc@sfish.org

February 21 6:00 - 8:00 pm Say & Play with Language Rochester Library 500 Old Town Rd. Rochester, MI 48306

248-858-7766
smoore@ofsfamily.org

February 24 6:30 - 8:30 pm Say & Play with Language Oakland Family Services 2351 12 Mile Rd. Berkley, MI 49072

248-544-4004
ahart@ofsfamily.org

February 28 6:30 - 8:30 pm Say & Play with Language Oakland Family Services 2351 12 Mile Rd. Berkley, MI 49072

248-544-4004
ahart@ofsfamily.org

March 3 8:30 - 10:30 am Say & Play with Language Macomb Family Services 36975 Utica Rd Suite 102, Clinton Township, MI 48036

586-226-3440
elc@mfsonline.org

March 3 10:45 am - 12:45 pm Say & Play with Reading Macomb Family Services 36975 Utica Rd Suite 102, Clinton Township, MI 48036

586-226-3440
elc@mfsonline.org

March 3 1:15 - 3:15 pm Say & Play with Sounds Macomb Family Services 36975 Utica Rd Suite 102, Clinton Township, MI 48036

586-226-3440
elc@mfsonline.org

March 5 6:00 - 8:00 pm Say & Play with Reading Oakland Family Services 114 Orchard Lake Rd, Pontiac,MI 48341

248-858-7766
msclesky@ofsfamily.org

March 13 6:30 - 8:30 pm Say & Play with Reading Rochester Church of Christ 250 West Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307

248-544-4004
jlemay@ofsfamily.org

March 20 6:30 - 8:30 pm Say & Play with Reading Westland Public Library 6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland, MI 48185

734-727-3104
starfishelc@sfish.org

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