LITT: Early Learning

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Libraries play an important role in developing healthy children who have the skills needed to be successful when they begin school. The Early Learning LITT is for library staff who work with young children, ages birth to about age eight, as well as their families and caregivers. Early Learning discussions focus on best practices in programming and service, child development, community partnerships, and professional development.

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Notes from Past LITT: Early Learning Chats

Idaho Early Childhood Care and Education Strategic Plan: https://libraries.idaho.gov/idahos-early-childhood-care-and-education-strategic-plan/

How are libraries currently meeting the goals in the plan?

In general:

  • The library is the “first place” parents go to support child’s learning
  • The library is a trusted source for information
  • We provide parent knowledge
    • Tips for parents
    • Five Early Literacy Practices/
  • We provide the “why” of early learning, and the “how”
  • We build relationships with families
  • We build partnerships with teachers and other early learning practitioners
  • We are involved in community-building and are the center of many communities
  • We can connect families to the best EL resources and services in the local community (Libraries as connectors)
  • We are a welcoming and safe space—a place for play
  • We offer early learning/kindergarten readiness programs

Specifically:

  • We can help engage parents/caregivers in developmental monitoring, to help them determine if their child is “on-track.”
  • Disseminate Developmental Milestones info: https://idahocdhd.org/Projects/ (Act-Early-Idaho)
  • Disseminate Bright By Text information (contact trisha.mick@idahoptv.org for bookmarks)
  • Disseminate Vroom’s texting app info: order for free from ICfL https://materials.libraries.idaho.gov/
  • Get involved in local RECC (Regional Early Childhood Committee)—see https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/about-dhw/boards-councils-committees/regional-early-childhood-committee-recc or contact Amanda Bowden from the Portneuf Library, who is the current RECC Chair (amanda.bowden@portneuflibrary.org)
  • Offer Ready! for Kindergarten workshop for parents and caregivers: https://sites.google.com/view/readykindergartenidaho/home

What do Idaho library staff need from ICfL in order to help meet goals of strategic plan?

  • Mentorship
  • Networking opportunities (conferences, etc.)
  • An online storytime share site
  • Messaging to other staff in library about importance of early literacy/early learning
  • Some standard language/talking points/messaging to share with library staff/trustees, schools, community

Additional resources:

  • Foundations of Early Literacy course. ICfL has purchased seats for library staff. See https://libraries.idaho.gov/rtm/read-to-me-training/
  • Webjunction: Supercharged Storytimes
  • Trisha Mick from Idaho Public Television can help with storytimes and other resources: trisha.mick@idahoptv.org
  • Read to Me Rendezvous March 16 – 17: Save the date!

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LITT EVENTS

LITT: Academic Library Community

January 25, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm MST

LITT: Early Learning

February 4, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm MST

LITT: Adult Services

February 8, 10:00 am - 11:00 am MST

LITT: Academic Library Community

April 26, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm MDT

LITT: Adult Services

May 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am MDT

LITT: Adult Services

August 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am MDT

Staci Shaw

Staci Shaw

Youth Services Consultant
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