Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

School Ready Libraries

The ​​​​​Kentucky’s Governor’s Office for Early Childhood found that more than half of first-time kindergartners in Kentucky were found not ready for Kindergarten, meaning they were unlikely to be engaged in and comfortable with the work ahead. Children who are cared for at home and children with disabilities were found to be even less prepared than children in childcare or typically developing children.

School Ready Libraries is an innovative approach to school readiness programming and support in public libraries because it is centered an approach that considers all domains of school readiness. Participating public library staff will learn about the skills children need to be successful upon entering school. Public library staff will learn how public library programs, services, and spaces can help develop those critical skills for their patrons. They will become knowledgeable, engaged, and empowered in efforts to build school readiness skills in their local communities.

Early Childhood Develop​m​​​ent Modules

Three FREE online modules have been created in collaboration with early childhood experts from the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky to instruct public library staff regarding the five domains of school readiness.

Module 1 - Cognitive and General Knowledge Development (2 contact hours)
Module 2 – Language Development and Communication (1.5 contact hours)
Module 3 – Physical Well-Being and Social Emotional Development (3 contact hours)

School Ready Libraries Module 1: Cog​​nitive Development

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School Ready Libraries Module 2: Physical Well-Being and Social Emotio​nal Development


School Ready Libraries Module 3: Language Developmen​​t & Communication


If you have questions concerning School Ready Libraries, please contact:

Amy Olson
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
300 Coffee Tree Road
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-​1739

Funded by the IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant

Link to KDLA Grant Award via IMLS

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​This project is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services​.
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