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Early Learning Support
Nourishing Young Minds
The early years are prime time for learning. Public libraries offer wonderful opportunities to nurture young minds. The Washington State Library has been a partner in several exciting projects that can help public libraries to provide programs that are even more effective in helping young children learn to read and develop the skills they need to be successful in school and in life:
All Aboard for Kindergarten—The Washington State Library, in collaboration with Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Family, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and other early learning partners, is embarking on a new project that will develop a statewide ready-for-school program that libraries can use to help parents and other caregivers, such as Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care (FFN Care), to equip their children with the skills they need to enter school ready to learn.
Early Learning Resources
- Early Achievers Overview webinar, November 14, 2017—An overview of Early Achievers, a tool to help families find quality child care and share the Department of Early Learning's efforts to promote literacy in early learning programs.
- Project VIEWS2 Research
- Sensory Story Time: Programming for Children with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and Other Special Needs, October 3, 2017—How one small town library developed a storytime program that was welcoming for children with special needs and their families.
- Let's Talk About Race in Storytimes, January 9, 2018—Storytime is the perfect place to model an open and welcoming environment for your whole community. No one should feel left out or erased from a larger narrative by never being able to see themselves or their race reflected in storytime. How can we as librarians practice talking about race and model inclusion for our community? How can we work in training our storytime colleagues to not be afraid of delving deeper in creating an affirming and inclusive storytime environment? How do you gain institutional support that social justice advocacy should be included in storytimes? At this webinar, we will have a conversation in hopes it will lead to practice in tangible ways to model storytime inclusion. Presented by Jessica Anne Bratt, Grand Rapids Public Library.
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