SRF Program

  • Hanen: ABC and Beyond

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Integrated teaching and learning approaches.

    Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes, Children engage with a range of texts and get meaning from these texts, Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.


    ABC and Beyond: The Hanen Program for Building Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood Settings is part of a suite of programs developed by the Hanen Centre to promote children's language and literacy development. The program is designed to teach early childhood educators to promote the emergent literacy skills that all children need to help them read and write successfully, including:

    • oral language
    • vocabulary
    • story comprehension
    • language of learning
    • print knowledge
    • phonological awareness

    Training must be delivered by a Hanen-certified professional with either a speech pathology or early childhood education background.

    Detailed Costs

    Costs for delivery of training by a Hanen-certified professional vary depending on the provider. Training can be delivered to a group of up to 20 educators.

    ABC and Beyond: Building Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood Settings guidebook: $US45 (about $AU63).

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: educators.

    Staffing: educators will be required to attend seven workshops (totalling about 15 hours) and participate in three one-hour videotaping and feedback sessions. Services should consider backfill costs associated with this item.   

    Factors to consider: having more than one staff member attend the workshop may help embed strategies at the service. The program must be delivered by a Hanen-certified early childhood educator, or a speech pathologist with current Hanen membership.

    Training requirements: the training program consists of:

    • seven interactive and engaging training sessions that address the six building blocks of literacy
    • three individual coaching, videotaping and feedback sessions in which participants practice using ABC and Beyond strategies with children in their classrooms
    • user-friendly resources to support learning

    Supervision/coaching: educators participate in coaching via three videotaping and feedback sessions.

    Priority Area


    Strength of Evidence

    Level 3 - Promising research evidence