The Vanderbilt Child and Family Center has long supported emergent literacy through The Acorn School early childhood care and education program on the university’s campus. Acorn offers a Whole Child play-based early learning environment with an emergent curriculum informed by social-constructivist thinking theories. Pandemic conditions and the varying ability of children to attend school in person created an opportunity for VCFC to consider how the three Acorn child care centers could collaborate to reinforce ideals and goals for equity, diversity, and inclusion through a shared early literacy project—thus was born The Acorn School BIG Read!

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