Counting Down to Kindergarten: A Complete Guide to Creating a School Readiness Program for Your Community

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The public library is in the perfect position as a community resource to help bridge the gap between preschool and kindergarten; however, starting from scratch can feel daunting. In this guide, Baker combines her background in early childhood education with her experience as a youth services programming specialist to present a school readiness program that can be tailored for any public library. Based on the successful framework of her tried and tested original program, this book offers everything that a public library needs in order to get started, including

  • A six-week schedule of detailed lesson plans which combine the best practices of the Every Child Ready to Read® (ECRR) Second Edition (talking, singing, reading, writing, playing) with nationally identified school readiness skills
  • A six-month family calendar with activities to help parents engage their children in activities that foster early literacy and school readiness skills at home
  • Tips for maintaining a collaborative relationship with early childhood stakeholders and policymakers to help maintain a program that fits the school readiness needs of the local community
  • Specific examples of successful school readiness programs and partnerships from public library systems across the country

Baker's guide will help public libraries ensure that young children are ready for school from day one.

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Foreword, by Saroj Ghoting

Chapter 1   
The Basics of Early Childhood Development

Chapter 2   
Introduction to Early Literacy: Public Libraries as a Key Early Literacy Resource

Chapter 3   
School Readiness

Chapter 4   
Public Libraries Bridging the Gap

Chapter 5   
Developing Your Own Readiness Program

Chapter 6   
Adult/Child Program Lesson Plans

Chapter 7   
How the Readiness Calendar Was Developed and How to Develop Your Own


Chapter 7 Appendix: Printable Readiness Calendar

Chapter 8  
Examples of Public Library School Readiness Programs

Chapter 9   
Planning a Fall Session for Adults



R. Lynn Baker

R. Lynn Baker is the author of Counting Down to Kindergarten: A Complete Guide to Creating a School Readiness Program for Your Community and Creating Literacy-Based Programs for Children: Lesson Plans and Printable Resources for K-5. With a background in early childhood education and library programming for children, Baker provides training to early childhood educators and librarians. She holds her bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education; a trainer’s credential; and her Master’s in Library and Information Science. Baker is an adjunct professor for Northern Kentucky University, teaching Library Programming for Children.