Sharing early literacy practices, such as Every Child Ready to Read’s five early literacy practices (“Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play”), Jump Start Kindergarten is an outreach activity that connects library staff with parents/caregivers of young children and emphasizes daily activities that will help children learn to read. Primarily designed for public library staff to conduct outreach activities in their local public elementary schools during Kindergarten Registration events, this program also helps parents/caregivers understand all the resources public libraries can provide to assist with school readiness and connects them with these resources through library card sign-up/promotion.
New! Is your community’s school or school district no longer offering a face-to-face Kindergarten Registration event? But your library would still like to reach out to those upcoming Kindergartners and their families with Jump Start resources and information about how their local library could help them prepare for Kindergarten? You’re in luck! Jump Start Kindergarten resources from ICfL are now available throughout the year and encourage libraries to request these materials whenever they are conducting outreach services for this targeted group of children (ages 4-5) and their caregivers. This could be for a local daycare’s family night or a Head Start’s monthly family literacy night, or some other community event for this target group. Not sure if your outreach idea is a good fit for Jump Start? Reach out to any Youth Services staff member at ICfL and we’ll be glad to discuss it with you.
Learn more about the Idaho Commission for Libraries’ (ICfL) Jump Start Kindergarten program below:
- What’s the purpose? See Program Objectives
- Who can apply? See Program Eligibility
- How does it work? See Program Details & Requirements and Program Timeline
- What materials are provided? See Program Resources
- What schools are already being served? See weekly upload of Registration List