The National Early Literacy Panel (NELP) was appointed in 2002 to review the scientific research literature on the teaching of literacy to preschool and kindergarten children. The panel worked under the auspices of the National Center for Family Literacy, and was funded by the National Institute for Literacy in consultation with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Head Start Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services. NELP issued its report, Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel, in 2008. This study reported the results of a series of meta-analyses of approximately 500 studies on early literacy development and instruction, and it remains the most ambitious review of preschool literacy research ...

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