Early Literacy

Organizations

Colorado State Library Youth and Family Services

The Colorado State Library offers information and resources to support early literacy efforts.

Growing Reader’s Together

Growing Readers Together is a grant-funded project that works through twenty-two public library systems across the state to enhance the early literacy experiences of children under six. By partnering with other early childhood organizations and through programming and outreach efforts, public libraries seek to identify, serve and develop connection with informal, legally exempt child care providers, often known as “FFN” care for Family, Friend and Neighbor care.

SPELL

Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries–is a project funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL)

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy is passionately committed to strengthening children’s literacy through library services and community advocacy.

Storyblocks

A collection of 30-60 second videos designed to model to parents, caregivers, and library staff some songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood.

One Book 4 Colorado

One Book 4 Colorado, started in 2012, gives away over 75,000 copies of the same book to each 4-year-old in the state in English and Spanish through public libraries and Denver Preschool Program classrooms.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

An initiative to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading.


Webinars

Growing Readers Together Quick Bites – GRT Quick Bites are 20-minute micro-learning opportunities designed for busy children’s librarians across Colorado who are interested in accessing a bit of fresh early learning information and inspiration.Quick Bites Logo

  • Caregiver Café: What Is It & How Do I Host One? – Wondering what a family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) caregiver is or how to connect with the FFNs in your community? This Quick Bite introduces a simple, but impactful program you can use to jump start relationship building and outreach to this important population.
  • Creating Synergy: Weaving Together Early Learning Services – Early learning comes in many shapes and sizes and impacts all areas of growth in the first 5 years. During this time, the foundation is created for later success in life. Join Gail Yerbic from our new Growing Readers Together (GRT) Early Literacy Support Team for a “Quick Bites” look at how to weave together learning opportunities for language, cognitive, social & emotional, and physical development as we discuss how to create sparks in those little brains!

  • Early Literacy Tips That Stick: Refining Your Early Literacy Message – You know that every song you sing and book you share at storytime helps kids get ready to read, but how do you impart your knowledge to caregivers? Join Melody Garcia from our new Growing Readers Together (GRT) Early Literacy Support Team for a “Quick Bites” look at a simple ways to capitalize on teachable moments and showcase early literacy research in a way that makes caregivers sit up and listen.

  • Right Size Your Early Literacy Programming – So many great ideas and only so much time– how do you choose? Join Gail Yerbic from our new Growing Readers Together (GRT) Early Literacy Support Team for some “Quick Bites” tools to align your library’s goals and resources for maximum impact while keeping your schedule manageable.

  • Brilliant Baby Brains – Babies are born with over 100 billion neurons and trillions of synapses. From this abundance of raw material, an incredible sculpting process takes place in a young child’s brain over their first years of life. Join Kate Brunner from our new Growing Readers Together (GRT) Early Literacy Support Team for a “Quick Bites” look at the incredible impact that a robust array of early learning experiences and caregiving relationships can have on 0-5 brain development.
  • Process Over Product: Explore the Magic of Open Ended Creativity – Offering young children the opportunity to explore with art materials without a product in mind unleashes their creativity and engages young minds. Process art can come in many forms, from truly messy, free form projects, to easy adaptions to a storytime craft. Join Melody Garcia from our new Growing Readers Together (GRT) Early Literacy Support Team for a “Quick Bites” look at how the process art model can be adapted to fit any library.

Growing Readers Together: Success Model Series – Download this worksheet to use with each of the Success Model webinars.

  • Look and Listen – Join Gail & Kate to learn about the GRT Outreach Success Cycle. We’ll investigate how to spark new community conversations about FFN care in our area, look beyond our library walls, and gain a clearer understanding of our communities’ early childhood landscapes as we begin to build or strengthen relationships with the FFN caregivers in our area.

Parents in Public Libraries: Moving from parent involvement to parent engagement and empowerment

Parents come to our libraries every day for our collections, programs and services. They bring their children to the library, participate in programs specifically geared for parents like early literacy classes, and sometimes are involved in other ways like volunteering.

How can we take this important involvement to a new level to increase parent buy-in of library services, actively seek parent input into children’s and parenting services, and empower parents to be more actively involved in their children’s reading and education?

Even better, how can we encourage them to promote the library to other parents? Watch this archive to find out!