The Idaho Commission for Libraries has launched a new pilot grant to build the capacity of Idaho public libraries to better prepare preschool children to be successful in school. The Kindergarten Readiness grant will provide state funding to help public libraries partner with their local school districts and other community partners to reach children and their families before they enter school.
Libraries play an important role in early childhood success through the expertise of trained librarians, early literacy programs, books, and digital tools that many families can’t afford on their own. Children who start school behind rarely catch up with their peers without costly direct reading intervention. Children who have been exposed to early literacy practices before they enter school are more likely to become successful readers throughout their years of schooling.
Apply for up to $10,000 in grant funds to
- Ensure that more Idaho four-year-olds and their families have public library cards to gain access to the tools and resources needed to help children succeed in school;
- Increase the amount of early literacy activities done in the homes of four-year-olds; and
- Increase the number of successful public library, school, and community partnerships aimed at third-grade reading proficiency.
If you have questions about the grant application or the application process, please contact Jamie Mott, Grants/Contracts Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Staci Shaw, Youth Services Consultant, at email@example.com or by phone at 1-800-458-3271.