EARLY LEARNING OUTREACH AND COLLABORATION
Singing & Storytelling:
Tell Me A Story The King County Library System story time companion for parents and caregivers.
StoryBlocks A collection of 30-60 second videos featuring songs, rhymes, and fingerplays parents and educators can share with young children. Includes 9 languages.
Jbrary A YouTube playlist of songs, rhymes, and fingerplays parents and caregivers can share with young children.
Bring Vroom to Your Community. Free easy-to-use learning tips for children 5 and under.
Skill Building Book Tips to print from Mind in the Making
Families, caregivers, educators, and librarians can use the Day By Day Family Literacy Calendar at home, library, classroom, or on the go. With a perpetual calendar featuring songs, activities, book suggestions, and videos, Day By Day supports early literacy skills and helps young children get ready for school.
Collaborators and Support: The Day By Day Family Literacy Calendar began as a project of the South Carolina State Library, developed in partnership with many agencies and organizations, and primarily funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The State Library of Ohio customized the branding and state-centric content of the calendar for Ohio to create Day By Day Ohio and developed an open source generic calendar for other states to customize. The Ohio project was funded in part with federal LSTA funding from IMLS. The calendar was edited by students of the UT-Knoxville School of Information Sciences and members of the TN Library Association Children and Young Adult Roundtable under direction of the Tennessee State Library & Archives.
Media Literacy in Early Childhood Report
The TEC (Technology in Early Childhood) Center at Erikson Institute in partnership with the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), the Association for
Library Service to Children (ALSC), and the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) was awarded a grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) in 2018 to host two national forum meetings to discuss media literacy in early childhood with experts and practitioners with the objective of developing materials to support the understanding and teaching of media literacy in early childhood.
This report recognizes and builds upon the extensive media literacy educational materials, books, research, and policies that have been developed to date. The framework builds upon many existing media literacy-focused frameworks including
Teaching Tolerance’s Digital Literacy Framework (2017) and Project Look Sharp’s Process of Media Literacy (2018). The child development and children’s media use findings bring together decades of research from various fields in order to understand media literacy in early childhood. The cultural considerations, activities, and tips highlight existing educational materials and concerns raised by practitioners who serve children in a variety of settings. The barriers and solutions to sustaining this work shed light on the challenges practitioners and caregivers face daily.
The intention of this Media Literacy in Early Childhood Report is to utilize media literacy, child development, and early education knowledge to develop educational materials and advocate for support for media literacy education in early childhood. This report provides:
Stay & Play Toolkit
Stay & Play is a library service model developed to serve and support the informal child care providers (friends, family or neighbors). Those providing informal care can often lack access to access to the information, resources, and support available to formal, licensed child care providers.1
In 2016 the Oakland Public Library received a Packard Foundation grant to create programming specifically designed for family, friend and neighbor child care providers.The Oakland Play Cafe was then piloted around California as the Stay and Play. Stay & Play builds on the early learning foundations and best practices promoted, for more than a decade, by the California State Library’s Early Learning with Families (ELF) initiative
The five components are listed below and further explained in Implementing Stay & Play.
1 The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 2015. Informal Child Care in California: Current Arrangements and Future Needs.
Ways to reach out and work together:
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Boston Basics Chattanooga Basics
Library Baby Shower
Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit from Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum
Stork Storytime READS*
Storytime on the Move:
Laundry & Literacy
Toy Library Network
Online Storytime Scavenger Hunt Using Book Award Books
Here is an example using the New Hampshire Ladybug Picture Book Award Books:
New Toolkit to Address Accessibility to Technology
Stork Storytime READS
As creator of Stork Storytime READS (formerly Womb Literacy), Jennifer Jordebrek says, why wait until baby and chaos arrives to impart early literacy skills information to new parents. Adjusting to being a new parent is overwhelming. Physicians are trying to send the good message, but even well baby check-ups can be stressful. Why not encourage a reading routine now with expecting parents?
Jennifer Jordebrek is the Assistant Director at the North Liberty Community Library in North Liberty, IA. On the libraries website, the stork storytime page makes it easy to replicate this program at your library with a Librarians Tool Kit, podcasts and information on their annual Stork Storytime EXPO. Jennifer Jordebrek also pointed out that 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a great follow up to this program. Thank you Jennifer for this great resource that can work at any size library.