FY2002 Early Learning Demonstration Project Awards


Grant Number: 02-ELD-01             Award: $34,828

Organization: Denny Ashby Memorial Library

Abstract: Partnering with the Garfield County Health District and the Pomeroy School District, the Denny Ashby Memorial Library proposes to: 1) perform an assessment to determine needs; 2) send a monthly newsletter to the target population; 3) take materials currently available to the target population; and 4) bring in guest readers/storytellers to supplement current program. These activities will promote awareness of, and make more accessible, those new and present resources currently available to the birth-age 5 population in Garfield County. _________________________________________________________________________

Grant Number: 02-ELD-02             Award: $12,000

Organization: Ellensburg Public Library

Abstract: The Ellensburg Public Library will create a lending library for childcare centers and preschools that have limited access to the library and its materials. The project will consist of a collection of rotating theme-based bins containing paperback books, videos, and early learning manipulative. Bins would be rotated on a monthly basis. The Kittitas County Health Department and the Yakima Childcare Resource and Referral will be key collaborators in this project.

Grant Number: 02-ELD-03             Award: $18,525

Organization: Whatcom County Rural Library District

Abstract: Research shows that a rich learning environment is crucial to brain development in the preschool years. The Whatcom County Rural Library District will create 100 preschool curriculum kits targeted for caregivers of children age birth-5 in daycares and preschools. Each kit will contain nine picture books; one audio or video tape; a puppet, flannel story, or toy; and three resources for the caregiver. Three items in each kit, and six entire kits, will target birth-three year olds.

Grant Number: 02-ELD-04             Award: $41,656

Organization: Fort Vancouver Regional Library

Abstract: Fort Vancouver Regional Library District's Every Moment Counts @ Your Library Phase 2 will build upon a community-wide effort to educate the public about the importance of brain development, including reading, from the prenatal period through age three. This grant will allow the library to increase community capacity, reach additional families, and use new methods to educate targeted families about early childhood brain development.

Grant Number: 02-ELD-05             Award: $25,000

Organization: Northwest Indian College

Abstract: The Lummi Children's Library, under the direction of the children's librarian, will present weekly family literacy programs, promoting reading as an important shared activity for all family members. Each program will consist of three parts: 1) a book sharing time conducted by the children's librarian; 2) a craft activity thematically related to the book read; and 3) a concluding refreshment break during which adults can share literacy information while children select a gift book to take home.

Grant Number: 02-ELD-06             Award: $50,000

Organization: Spokane Public Library

Abstract: Spokane Public Library will: 1) contract with a qualified professional to provide outreach service to childcare centers that cannot visit the library; 2) partner with Success By 6 (United Way) to develop parenting materials based on SBS parenting workshops and current brain development research; 3) partner with Success By 6 (United Way) to develop information pieces for childcare providers in support of materials provided for parents; and 4) distribute all materials as part of the above mentioned outreach service.

Grant Number: 02-ELD-07             Award: $38,491

Organization: Whitman County Library

Abstract: Ignite Your Child's Mind-a new Whitman County Library service-will provide mobile early learning programs, information, resources, and services to rural, isolated families; educate parents of babies and toddlers on childhood brain development; promote learning readiness; and demonstrate and model stages of infant, toddler, and pre-school play. This project will require: a mini-van, contracted coordinator, early learning training, partnering with agencies that serve target population, addition of materials, and wireless internet.

Grant Number: 02-ELD-08             Award: $49,898

Organization: King County Library System

Abstract: KCLS will partner with Puget Sound ESDs Head Start and ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) to provide a meaningful connection between client families and library services. All programs will provide specially trained interpreters in families' home languages, and will include story time, tours, and the opportunity to use library services. Informational flyers and audio recordings plus new multilingual books will enhance the services of both partners. A program manual will be created that can be reproduced.

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