Jump Start

Get a JUMPSTART on READING @ Your Library

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After program Evaluation

Jump Start incorporates the five Every Child Ready to Read simple practices and encourages parents of children registering for kindergarten to “Get a Jump Start on Reading @ Your Library.”

As part of the program, Idaho public libraries: 

  • Collaborate with their local school(s) to participate in kindergarten registration.
  • Schedule staff to provide reading readiness and early literacy information to parents, 
    and books for the children registering for kindergarten.
  • Provide local library and Summer Reading Program information.
  • Encourage families to sign up for library cards and visit the library.

Libraries interested in participating can fill out the online form. 
The Idaho Commission for Libraries will provide for each child:
  • A copy of the book Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! or The Night Before Kindergarten
  • Jump Start folders with information on libraries and reading for the parents or 
    a picture frame magnet enphasizing the 5 practices

The participating library will provide staff to plan, customize, and implement the program locally. Libraries or schools that participate are asked to complete a simple evaluation form and return leftover materials.
A tip sheet on setting up displays can be found here along with news release for libraries to use.

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