Strive for Five - Literacy Resources that are Easy to Use and Easy to Share

While we were at the National Family Child Care Institute, we learned about a fabulous new literacy tool for family child care providers to use!

Too Small to Fail in partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and in collaboration with the National Head Start Association (NHSA) and the National Association for Family Child Care Providers (NAFCC) has created a comprehensive resource to engage in literacy activities with children - without out being so comprehensive you don't want to use it!

Too Small to Fail and HMH have invested in you, so these resources are available at no cost to you.

What Can You Expect?


5 weeks of literacy specific information and tools which includes: 

  1. Getting to know young children
  2. Engaging children in playful learning
  3. Creating a literacy-rich environment
  4. Connecting with parents and families
  5. Supporting diverse leaders


There is no specific time period for you to this.  It is set up to go along with your needs and schedule.


This program is worth checking out no matter who you are.  If you work with young children, it is worth looking at and sharing.  Easily consumable information and if you know it already - they are awesome reminders.

Click here to learn more about the organizations involved.


Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building