Early Literacy in Action LogoThe Idaho Child Care Reads program helps public libraries enhance services for child care providers and the children and families that they work with. Applications from public libraries interested in the program are accepted until February 15 of each state fiscal year and will be granted as funding allows on a first-come, first-served basis.

The program has the following goals:

  1. Children hear at least one story a day in child care/school and at least one at home.
  2. Children have adequate access to developmentally-appropriate print materials in child care/classroom settings.
  3. Child care providers/teachers are trained to promote early language and literacy.
  4. Child care providers/teachers utilize their local library’s in-house and outreach resources and programs.

Supporting Research:

  • A large-scale study of child-care centers found that television sets were more prominent in low-income child-care centers than books. Over 80 percent of these centers lacked book corners, age-appropriate books, and other print materials for young children (Neuman & Celano, 2001).
  • Almost 60% of the centers surveyed buy less than 50 books per year, even though they are likely to enroll more than 65 children each year. (National Survey).
  • In two-thirds of the early childhood classrooms across the United States there are fewer than 50 children’s books. In fact, over 28 percent of classrooms, according to the directors of the programs, are likely to have less than one book per child. (National Survey).
  • According to the survey, only 26 percent of the books in the collection are in good condition, 49% are considered adequate, and 25 percent are described as in poor condition.

Research shows that providing quality books, training, and library information to child care providers increases the frequency that children are read to and helps achieve the goals stated above. Evaluations from the Idaho Child Care Reads program have been very positive. Child care providers have said they have learned new literacy techniques and plan to increase the amount of time they spend reading and interacting with the children in their care.

Literacy Kits: Child care providers attending an Idaho Child Care Reads Workshop will receive a set of 20 paperback books appropriate for children from birth to age six, a book bag, one early literacy resource book, and other early literacy materials as available. (One kit per classroom)

IdahoSTARS credit:

The Idaho Commission for Libraries partners with the IdahoSTARS (Idaho’s State Training and Registry System) for child care providers to provide three IdahoSTARS credits at no cost to participants when an Approved Trainer facilitates theworkshop. For more information about how to offer an ICCR workshop for IdahoSTARS credit Click Here.

Application Packet (PDF)

Idaho Child Care Reads Application Packet

Applications will be processed and librarians notified within 10 business days of receipt of application. Materials for literacy kits will be shipped within three weeks of workshop date. Libraries are responsible for assembling kits.
Application Packet (PDF)
Program Requirements and Resources

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Staci Shaw

Staci Shaw

Youth Services Consultant
Email / 208.639.4178
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