Ready to Read at New York Libraries: Phase 2

Ready to Read at New York Libraries logoReady to Read at New York Libraries: Phase 2 was presented at the 2014 New York Library Association Annual Conference in Saratoga, NY. It describes how this early literacy initiative is moving forward and why it is so important to do so.

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Text of the presentation

Slide 1: Ready to Read at New York Libraries: an Early Childhood Public Library Staff Development Program

Slide 2: Out of the approximately 1.4 million children age 5 and under in NYS:

  • one in four are living in poverty
  • one in three are a victim of maltreatment
  • 1.2% are homeless
  • 60% of children in mid and high-income households vs. 40% in low income households are being read to every day
  • 44% of 3 to 4 year olds are not enrolled in preschool compared to 64% of low-income 3 to 4 year olds

Slide 3: image of two children and a woman

Slide 4: Public libraries can level the playing field (three images)

Slide 5: National and State Early Learning Goals (logos of The White House, IMLS, New York State Library, New York State Education Department; image of child reading)

Slide 6: (image of) Ready to Read at New York Libraries Web site

Slide 7: Public Library Survey Results

Respondents reported:

  • Only 35-36% of children displayed reading readiness by kindergarten
  • A majority of respondents thought that 25% or fewer of families in their communities were not proficient in English
  • Many early literacy activities were desired but libraries were unable to offer them

Slide 8: Public Library Survey Results (continued)

Respondents reported:

  • Training needs include developing partnerships for early literacy programs, early childhood spaces, grant writing and outreach to underserved community segments
  • Major barriers to providing quality early childhood services are time and resources

Slide 9: Goals (of the program):

  • Children will enter kindergarten with the skills to succeed in the school years ahead
  • Public libraries will be positioned as early literacy community leaders
  • Public library staff will be viewed as “Early Literacy Navigators”

Slide 10: The Program:

  • Has five Foundation Training Components
    1. Early Literacy Community Asset Analysis
    2. Using Every Child Ready to Read 2®
    3. Early Learning Spaces
    4. Strategies for Successful Partnerships and Outreach to Families with Young Children
    5. Everyone Serves Families with Young Children
  • Includes a train-the-trainer model
  • Uses integrated evaluation tools
  • Provides resources for libraries to reach families directly

Slide 11: The Advisory Group and Partnerships

  • New York State Head Start Collaboration
  • Collaborative Summer Library Program
  • Reach Out and Read
  • NYLA/YSS
  • Council on Children and Families
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • And others…

(image of young children reading)

Slide 12: (images of text "A statewide staff development program designed to improve public library services that will help young children start kindergarten with the skills needed for school success." Also image of conference participants)

Slide 13: Timeline

  • Spring 2014
    • Awarded 2014 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Planning Grant
    • Trained Cohort trained in Early Literacy Community Asset Analysis (ELCAA)
  • Fall 2014
    • Training Cohort begins training library staff in ELCAA
  • Spring 2015
    • Training Cohort trained in Using ‘Every Child Read to Read®’ (2nd edition)
    • Summit culminating 2014 grant year
  • Fall 2015
    • Training Cohort trained in Early Learning Spaces and Strategies for Successful Partnerships and Outreach

(also image of child writing)

Slide 14: Timeline (continued)

  • Spring 2016
    • Training Cohort trained in Everyone Serves Families with Young Children
  • Summer 2015 – Spring 2018
    • Training Cohort trains library staff in their region in all Foundation Components
    • Enhanced training - webinars, screencasts, workshops – continues throughout the three years.

Slide 15: Special thanks to…

  • The Advisory Group
  • Training Cohort
  • Public Library Systems
  • NYLA & YSS
  • Partners

Slide 16: (request for) Questions? Comments?

Sharon Phillips is the Project Director for
Ready to Read at New York Libraries. For more information,
contact Sharon at 518-486-4863; Fax: 518-486-5254.
Last Updated: May 22, 2017 -- asm for questions or comments, contact Sharon Phillips