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
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 Development 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
School Ready Libraries Module 1: Cognitive Development.
School Ready Libraries Module 2: Physical Well-Being and Social Emotional Development.
School Ready Libraries Module 3: Language Development & Communication.
Funded by the
IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant
Link to KDLA Grant Award via IMLS
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This project was funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.