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Early learning is about more than letters, numbers and colors. It’s about building children’s brains and engaging them in a new way. That’s what we’re all about.

65% of Georgia 3rd graders can’t read at grade level, which means they’re more likely to dropout, leading to another generation trapped in poverty. We all have a responsibility to turn things around for Georgia’s children.

Produced by the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy at the Atlanta Speech SchoolRead Right from the Start is a free online continuing education program and community of practice for teachers of children from birth to third grade, giving them the power to change the trajectory of children’s lives.

Easy to Learn and Apply

Each lesson features videos from real world classrooms using the Read Right from the Start program, so you’ll find something new to apply in your own classroom every time you watch. There’s no deadline to complete Read Right from the Start courses, so you can watch and interact with these lessons at your own pace. All early childhood educators are welcome to sign up and participate.

Free Continuing Education for Georgia Teachers

Read Right from the Start is approved by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) so teachers earn continuing education credits for completing our courses.

We appreciate teachers and the difference you make for children, so we’re here to support and empower you through these courses and beyond.


“If you’ve got language and literacy skills, your education is ready to go, we’re starting you on the right foot. If you don’t, it all stops. Nothing else happens with education without language and literacy skills.”

“Read Right from the Start will give you practical tools to dramatically benefit the children in your classrooms, giving them the power to be successful in elementary school and well beyond.”

“I just thought it would be a program for teaching kids to read, but it’s beyond anything that I’ve experienced. I think every preschool in the world should have Read Right from the Start as part of their curriculum because it allows children to really grow.”

Proven Results

Read Right from the Start’s positive impact was reported through a review of the program’s effectiveness with local preschool and pre-k children and teachers. At the end of the school year, an independent evaluation by the Georgia State University’s Urban Child Study Center found:

82% performed at or above average in vocabulary

More than 70% performed at or above average in oral language and reading readiness

95% performed at or above average in print and alphabet knowledge