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NHSA head start librarians diversity Cen Campbell and Karen Nemeth 2014

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Links with Libraries

  1. 1. LINKS WITH LIBRARIES: THE SURPRISINGLY DIVERSE WAYS LIBRARIES ARE SUPPORTING SCHOOL READINESS NATIONAL HEAD START ASSOCIATION 2014 Cen Campbell – www.littleelit.com Karen Nemeth – www.languagecastle.com
  2. 2. Who Are We?
  3. 3. Cen Campbell, LittleeLit.com
  4. 4. Karen Nemeth, Language Castle LLC
  5. 5. Why Links With Libraries? ●  Untapped resources ●  Informal Learning Environment ●  Funding opportunities ●  Highly trained staff ●  Access to materials & technology ●  We WANT to partner with you!
  6. 6. Who Are You? ● Are any of you already partnering with your local library?
  7. 7. What are key factors contributing to the Early Learning Gap? ● Poverty – may not be able to attend preschool ● Funding cuts – spaces in subsidized programs like Head Start eliminated ● Language barriers – newcomer families may not understand what library and/or early childhood ed has to offer
  8. 8. How can Libraries help? ◦  Storytime & More! ◦  Apps & eBooks ◦  Diverse content
  9. 9. Supporting Diversity ●  Diverse representation in library programs & materials ●  New media offers new ways to support diverse populations
  10. 10. What are some key assets early childhood educators bring to collaboration? ● Knowledge of Developmentally Appropriate Practice ● Knowledge of literacy standards and requirements in their state/community ● Access to child development and early literacy research ● Connections to every day curriculum
  11. 11. What are some key assets children’s librarians bring to collaboration? ● Specialty in planning & implementing early literacy/early learning programs ● Access to different sources for diverse materials, apps and ebooks ● Freedom from classroom responsibilities ● Mobility ● Innovative program ideas ● Partnership opportunities
  12. 12. Whole Child, Whole Community
  13. 13. Early Literacy, Early Learning
  14. 14. Play: It’s How Kids Learn
  15. 15. July 12, 2013 Dixon Public Library is proud to announce its new iPad and Children’s Storytime Technology Grant. This grant has allowed us to purchase new iPads, laptops, com- puters, and multimedia tools specifically for the use and enjoyment of pre-school through school-aged children. This program is set to roll out in late Fall and we will announce new program offerings on our website and Facebook page. Please stay tuned!
  16. 16. Every Child Ready to Read, 2nd Ed. ●  Parent engagement program for children 0-5 ●  Bilingual Programs ●  Parent Handouts & Resources
  17. 17. Mother Goose on the Loose ●  Musical parent engagement program for children 3 & under ●  Bilingual Programs ●  Felt Board MGOL App
  18. 18. Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network – Early Learning Collaborative http://earlylearningcollaborative.org
  19. 19. Three Little Pigs – www.analomba.com
  20. 20. New Media Bilingual Storytime —Carissa Christner, Madison, Wisconsin —Outreach storytimes to preschools —Looks for book apps with Spanish translation —Count the Animals & Four Little Corners
  21. 21. Digital-Storytime.com ●  —App reviewers working directly with librarians
  22. 22. We recommend working with libraries to: ●  Access materials & expertise at your local library ●  Adapt school & library programs to more closely match the requirements of the local schools where your kids will soon attend ●  Serve all young children & their families wherever they are
  23. 23. Please stay in touch ● Follow LittleeLit.com for ideas about using digital learning tools for library literacy activities ● Follow Languagecastle.com for resources about supporting young dual language learners

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