Highlights for Children, Inc., the leading family media brand and publisher of the best-read children’s magazines in North America, and Teaching Strategies, the Bethesda, Maryland-based educational company that publishes The Creative Curriculum® and Teaching Strategies GOLD®, today announced a partnership to provide Highlights Hello™, the award-winning magazine for infants and toddlers, to early childhood programs serving very young children.
Through its partnership, Highlights and Teaching Strategies will make Hello available to educators and families through The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers & Twos. Collections of Hello magazines (with 24 issues per set) will be offered in English and Spanish, and will include both classroom and family editions. The classroom editions are designed for teachers and children to read together, while the family editions can be sent home with family members to help support the child’s early learning experiences.
“We’re so excited about this partnership and the opportunity to enhance our infants, toddlers and twos curriculum with this wonderfully rich content from Highlights,” said Kai-leé Berke, chief academic officer of Teaching Strategies. “Reading aloud with young children is the best way to inspire a love of reading, and Hello will help us to create the kind of language-rich environments that support the development of our youngest learners.”
“Childhood literacy is at the center of Highlights’ mission to help children become their best selves, and we have been longtime advocates of reading aloud to babies and young children. We are thrilled to partner with Teaching Strategies to bring Hello to early childhood classrooms and to support teachers and families in activities that promote language development and a love of learning in young children,” said Christine French Cully, editor in chief of Highlights.
Researchers say that early exposure to language, whether through reading, talking or even singing, has a profound influence on children's learning. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children who are read to during infancy and preschool have better language skills and are more interested in reading when they start school.
Highlights recognized the importance of reading to infants and toddlers with the 2012 launch of Hello, a monthly magazine filled with age-appropriate stories and fun activities for babies and toddlers (ages 0-2) and their caregivers to enjoy together. Hello has since become the nation’s leading magazine for babies and toddlers, and has been honored for its novel baby-friendly design, which includes rounded corners, non-toxic ink, thread binding and tear-resistant, washable paper.
The collections of Hello will be available for purchase as part of Teaching Strategies’ Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos®, Third Edition, which has been newly expanded to offer detailed daily resources to help teachers and caregivers provide responsive, intentional care and teaching during routines and experiences. Programs can visit www.TeachingStrategies.com to purchase or order by phone at 1.800.637.3652. The product is available for pre-sale purchase immediately and is scheduled to ship in January 2015.
Teaching Strategies is the leading provider of early education resources in the country, with The Creative Curriculum® used in over 100,000 classrooms across the country and over 1.3 million children assessed annually with Teaching Strategies GOLD®.
Devoted to "Fun with a Purpose," family media brand Highlights for Children, Inc. (http://www.highlights.com/) has helped children become their best selves for generations. In addition to the flagship magazine, Highlights’ other offerings include a preschool magazine (High Five), an infant magazine (Hello), a children’s book company (Boyds Mills Press), puzzle book clubs and a variety of digital products.
For additional information about Highlights for Children, Inc., please contact Christine French Cully, Editor in Chief, at (570) 251-4508 or firstname.lastname@example.org.