Every Child Ready to Read -- Toolkit for Serving Early Childhood Educators

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This kit is primarily aimed at public library staff as a how-to manual to train early childhood educators. Early childhood educators include: licensed home child care providers, child care center staff, Head Start teachers, preschool teachers, and other child care professionals. This toolkit aims to offer a better understanding of what it means to partner, train, and facilitate learning with early childhood educators whose students are growing in independence and ability as they approach school entry. It includes a basic workshop with options for you to expand the workshop and/or to design additional workshops specific to the needs of your community. Topics include:

  • early literacy;
  • constrained and unconstrained skills;
  • decoding and comprehension;
  • critical dimensions of language and literacy;
  • early literacy skills;
  • early literacy practice; and
  • early literacy during routines and/or activities.

 As with previous ECRR products, the slides contained in this kit are customizable, so you can edit the wording in the slides and the notes page, you can add and delete slides, and you can insert your own photos. Kit includes PowerPoint presentations, instructions, planning worksheets, handouts, booklists, evaluation forms, resources lists, and more!

Elaine Czarnecki

Saroj Ghoting

Saroj Ghoting is a national trainer on early literacy for library staff. She has been presenting workshops at national, state, and regional conferences for 8 years. She is co-author of books on early literacy published by the American Library Association and has 30 years' experience as children's librarian in public libraries serving customers, especially children, parents, and other adults who work with children. She is also a consultant to American Library Association on Every Child Ready to Read @ your library® initiative and is instrumental in implementing the initiative as pilot site for Montgomery County (MD) Public Libraries.

Amanda Ellington Roberson

Pamela Rogers

Pamela Rogers is the host and creator of the newly launched Buttons and Figs podcast. She’s been a children’s librarian and early literacy trainer since 2008. She’s one of the authors of the new PLA/ALSC early literacy resources, “Every Child Ready to Read: Toolkit for Serving Early Childhood Educators.” She has worked with public libraries in Arlington, VA; Dallas, TX; D.C. and New Orleans, LA, as well as various school libraries and after-school programs to promote listening, reading, and learning with audio and play.

Dorothy Stoltz

Dorothy Stoltz is director for community engagement at the Carroll County (MD) Public Library. She is the coauthor of several books and articles for the American Library Association, including Inspired Collaboration: Ideas for Discovering and Applying Your Potential (2016). With more than thirty-five years of experience in public libraries, she is active in the Library Leadership & Management Association, the Public Library Association, and the Association for Library Service to Children.