Hui A‘o Mua: An Early Reading First project

Hui A‘o Mua: The Cooperative for Early Learning, is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Early Reading First initiative. The Hui project is designed to strengthen the school readiness of at-risk preschoolers by improving the intensity and quality of early language and literacy instruction in the classroom and home settings.

Project goals are to:

children in ERF

  • Increase teachers' understanding and use of research-based principles relating to early language and literacy development and teaching
  • Provide children with a language and literacy rich environment
  • Provide children with intentional language and literacy learning activities using evidence-based curricula
  • Increase family involvement in children's education
  • Strengthen children's oral language and literacy skills

Ten intervention and ten control Head Start classrooms participate. Intervention classrooms use the Learning Connections and World of Words curricula. Intervention teachers receive training workshops, college courses, and in-class coaching. Intervention families receive informal workshops and weekly parent-child home learning activities. Evaluation data include measures of curriculum implementation fidelity, classroom quality, parent involvement, and children's language and literacy skills. Follow-up data are collected when children are in kindergarten.

For more information, contact
Dr. Barbara DeBaryshe, Project Director, at

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