The research-based, Explicit Phonemic Alphabetic Connections Curriculum connects sounds in spoken words to letters in the alphabet

Product Features:

  • Aligns with state and national standards
  • Complements a core curriculum with short sequenced lessons
  • Focuses on phonemic awareness, alphabetic understanding, and fluency with the alphabetic code
  • Includes an implementation guide with scripted lessons, assessment forms, and research synopsis
Product Item No. Price Qty
EPACC EPC-10W $495.00
  • grade_2-6
  • Data Capture
    Data Capture

    This product includes ongoing assessments and progress monitoring tools to capture data and document student achievement.

  • Research Based
    Research Based

    This product uses highly effective instructional strategies supported by research to promote student learning and progress.

  • Standards Alignment
    Standards Alignment

    This product aligns to both state and Common Core standards.



EPACC complements your core reading curriculum by making these important connections transparent to students who are at risk of reading difficulties. EPACC focuses on specific skills validated by research: phonemic awareness, alphabetic understanding and fluency with the alphabetic code.


  • a single or multi-year program
  • taught with systematic and explicit instruction in small groups or one-on-one
  • presented to students in 20-minute sessions, 4 times a week
  • for students in RTI 2, grades K-2
  • for students with mild to moderate developmental or learning disabilities, grade K-6
  • aligned to state and national standards, including the common core

EPACC incorporates principles of direct instruction such as a model-lead-test format, correction procedures and the opportunity for group and individual responses. Lessons are scripted and delivered in 20-minute sessions 4 times a week. The Scope and Sequence (see Samples tab for a PDF) begins at prekindergarten and ends at a 1.5 grade level. Based on the progress of your students, EPACC functions as a single or multi-year program. EPACC includes everything you need!

  • Compartmentalized storage box to reduce prep time
  • Implementation Guide with Getting Started, Scope and Sequence, Assessment
    Forms, and Research Synopsis
  • 33 scripted activities (Tabs) in Teaching Steps Manual
  • Lesson Designs book with lesson outlines, material lists, and extension activities
  • 365 letter, word, sentence, and picture cards
  • Hands-on instruction boards
  • 7 theme-based game boards and pieces
  • Stripe, the puppet
  • Stretch, the slinky
  • Let's Read storybooks
  • Image library on CD
  • Getting Started Staff training DVD

See the Videos tab above for video clips of the scripted activities in the Teaching Steps Manual. Click on the Samples tab for PDF samples pages from the Implementation Guide, Lesson Designs and Teaching Steps books, and also the entire Scope and Sequence of the EPACC Curriculum.

By Sister Mary Karen Oudeans, PhD, Professor of Special Education at Silver Lake College. Spiralbound books: Implementation Guide, 80 pages; Teaching Steps Manual, 34 pages; Lesson Designs book, 204 pages. 365 letter, word, sentence and picture cards; hands-on instruction boards; 7 theme-based game boards and pieces; a zebra puppet; Slinky®; Let's Read storybooks, image library on CD, and staff training DVD.


Supporting Research Articles:

Oudeans, S.M.K. (2003), Integration of letter-sound correspondences and phonological awareness skills of blending and segmenting: A pilot study examining the effects of instructional sequence on word reading for kindergarten children with low phonological awareness. Learning Disability Quarterly, 26, 258–280.


Oudeans, S.M.K., (2013). Research-based Beginning Reading Program Explicit Phonemic Alphabetic Connections Curriculum. Verona, Wisconsin: Attainment Company, Inc.


Related Research Articles:

  • A Decade of Research Validates EPACC as an Effective Intervention
  • Summary of EPACC Decade of Research
  • Additional Info

    Additional Info

    Subject Literacy
    Age Group Elementary
    Author Sister Mary Karen Oudeans, PhD
    ISBN 1-57861-702-2
    Format Print

    Samples and Support