This page connects the Language Development Outcomes of the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework to both editions of Every Child Ready to Read. For more information about the Head Start Child Development & Early Learning Framework, visit the Head Start website. Links below lead to the ECRR1 and ECRR2 crosswalk pages.


Language Development refers to emerging abilities in receptive and expressive language. This domain includes understanding and using one or more languages. Language development is among the most important tasks of the first five years of a child’s life. Language is the key to learning across all domains. Specific language skills in early childhood are predictive of later success in learning to read and write. Also, children who are skilled communicators are more likely to demonstrate social competence.


Receptive Language
The ability to comprehend or understand language
Attends to language during conversations, songs, stories, or other learning experiences
ECRR1
Vocabulary, Narrative Skills, Print Motivation
ECRR2
Reading, Talking, Singing, Playing

Comprehends increasingly complex and varied vocabulary
ECRR1
Vocabulary
ECRR2
Reading, Talking, Playing

Comprehends different forms of language, such as questions or exclamations
ECRR1
Vocabulary, Narrative Skills
ECRR2
Reading, Talking, Playing

Comprehends different grammatical structures or rules for using language
ECRR1
Vocabulary, Narrative Skills
ECRR2
Reading, Talking, Playing


Expressive Language
The ability to use language
Engages in communication and conversation with others
ECRR1
Vocabulary, Narrative Skills
ECRR2
Talking, Playing

Uses language to express ideas and needs
ECRR1
Vocabulary, Narrative Skills
ECRR2
Talking

Uses increasingly complex and varied vocabulary
ECRR1
Vocabulary, Narrative Skills
ECRR2
Talking, Playing

Uses different forms of language
ECRR1
Vocabulary, Narrative Skills
ECRR2
Talking, Playing

Uses different grammatical structures for a variety of purposes
ECRR1
Vocabulary, Narrative Skills
ECRR2
Talking, Playing

Engages in storytelling
ECRR1
Narrative Skills, Vocabulary
ECRR2
Talking, Playing

Engages in conversations with peers and adults
ECRR1
Vocabulary, Narrative Skills
ECRR2
Talking, Playing