EARLY LEARNING OUTREACH AND COLLABORATION
11/18/19 From the ALSC Blog - ALSC Advocacy and Legislation Committee, an excellent article Outreach with Early Education Organizations as Library Advocacy
Fletcher Free Library, Burlington VT - Champlain Valley Head Start
The Fletcher Free Library launched the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program in partnership with Champlain Valley Head Start. This pilot supports kindergarten readiness by fostering an interest in reading & will increase the guardian/child bond by supporting parents in reading with their children by improving access to books at home. Providing free books to children will immediately benefit families, while accompanying reading logs offer a fun & interactive way to measure long-term impact. The pilot will reach Head Start sites in Burlington's New North End, a neighborhood that houses many New American families. This area, 3 miles from the library, has requested satellite services. This program allows the library a unique opportunity to creatively meet the needs of an under-served population. Grants have helped us purchase imprinted book bags for the children to take home weekly, books for the bags, a fall family kickoff event to celebrate reading, incentives, & inclusion of an additional Head Start preschool & in-house library launch of the program to reach all Burlington youth. 45% of
Burlington children speak a language other than English at home; 45% receive free or reduced lunch.
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
Mary Danko, Director
Fletcher Free Library
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.