In quality day care centers and preschools, classrooms have. . .

• Lots of books and magazines that children can handle and play with

• Areas for many different activities, such as art, science, housekeeping, writing, and perhaps computers

• Plenty of print on labels, signs, and posters

• Writing materials, including paper, pencils, crayons, andmarkers

• Magnetic letters, or letters made of foam, plastic, wood, or other durable material so children can pretend write and play

In quality day care centers and preschools, teachers. . .

• Read aloud to children frequently, from many different kinds of books

• Talk with children throughout the day and listen carefully to what they say

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