The Colorado State Library, Library Research Service, has released two reports that show the results of early literacy training on library staffs and services. These “Fast Facts” focus on an initial group that has begun implementation of the Every Child Ready to Read @your library curriculum and approach to reach parents and caregivers of children birth to five.’
The reports show a definite change (in the right direction) in the services that libraries offer. For example, more than three of every four respondents said that their library has made changes to existing early literacy services such as story times and outreach to parents and caregivers. Over 80 percent of respondents have or plan to partner with community agencies to further address early literacy.
The two reports are:
Training Jumpstarts Early Literacy Services, No. 239–June 8, 2006
Early Literacy Initiative Impacts Public Library Services for Young Children, No. 237–April 20, 2006
The years birth to five are critical to setting the stage for reading skills and school success. Colorado’s libraries are proud to be offering services to reach parents and caregivers, especially those in charge of the 45% of children under six who do not attend formal childcare. Working in partnership with educators and other professionals in early childhood, libraries are continually striving to ensure the best start possible for all of the state’s children.
For information on the Colorado State Library’s Every Child Ready to Read @your library initiative, contact Bonnie F. McCune, Library Community Programs Consultant