Stepping Stones to Literacy

What is Stepping Stones to Literacy?

Stepping Stones to Literacy is an effective, research-based program for early learners who have been identified as at risk for reading failure.



Stepping Stones to Literacy is a scientifically based (i.e., a randomized experimental study used to validate its effectiveness) early literacy intervention. The program includes the critical properties of effective early literacy interventions identified by the NICHD’s National Reading Panel (2000)

Effectiveness Research

Why Stepping Stones to Literacy?

  • Students learn foundational skills for reading fluency
  • Framework for reading comprehension is established 
  • Builds basic phonemic awareness skills through listening, letter naming, phonological awareness, and serial processing
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  • Proven, research-based principles help below-benchmark readers
  • Dual language prompts for Spanish-speaking students
  • Provides small group or individual student instruction
  • ESSA evidence level: Strong



  • 25 intensive, interactive lessons
  • Instructor’s Manual and Lesson Book
  • Spanish language prompts in every lesson