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 about to enter Kindergarten 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.
Program Delivery Changes! Is your community’s school or school district no longer offering a face-to-face Kindergarten Registration event? Is your library only offering curbside service and/or your school only offering virtual classes? Is everything just not the same this year? Not to worry – Jump Start K can still help you reach out to upcoming Kindergartners and make sure these families know how to sign-up for a library card and access useful library programs. Public libraries may request Jump Start K materials from ICfL at any time during the year when your library is 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, a Head Start’s monthly family literacy night, a curbside event at the library or the school, or another community event targeting this audience. Not sure if your outreach idea is a good fit for the Jump Start program? Contact Kristina Taylor at ICfL to discuss.
New Resources! In addition to a new English book from last spring (that most of you were not able to distribute), we also have a new bilingual book this year. Plus, each library may request some age-appropriate books (DJ’s Busy Day) for the younger siblings of your Kindergartners (up to 25% of the number of Kinders you anticipate serving) AND, on a first-come, first served basis, each library can request up to 50 Kindergarten Readiness School Supply Kits, while supplies last (see pics below). All of this may be requested in the Jotform resources table linked below.
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