Every Child Ready for School: Helping Adults Inspire Young Children to Learn

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The topic of early literacy continues to gain momentum in educational circles. But early literacy storytimes are only one way libraries can contribute. The authors of this innovative training handbook offer many more. Reflecting the combined expertise of a reading specialist, an outreach librarian, and an early literacy trainer, Every Child Ready for School keeps libraries at the forefront of early literacy and school readiness information delivery. Focusing on training the caregiver, this handbook

  • Explains how to help day-care providers, homeschoolers, and others who care for young children foster school-readiness skills among their charges
  • Arms librarians with a step-by-step workshop model, with tips on implementing and evaluating the program
  • Provides guidance for coordinating workshops with other library early literacy initiatives
  • Includes resources and activities to share with participants

Presenting models which can be easily adapted to state-mandated school-readiness requirements, Every Child Ready for School helps libraries fashion their own innovative community early literacy outreach programs.

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Preface i
Acknowledgments v
Introduction vii

Part I Why Train Adults?



Chapter 1     How Children Learn 3
Chapter 2     Harnessing the Benefits of Collaboration: Libraries Are Natural Community Partners 13
Chapter 3     Carroll County's Early Literacy and School Readiness Training Assessment Project 21

Part II Guidelines for Training Adults



Chapter 4     Intentional Training 37
Chapter 5     Training with a Light Touch 43
Chapter 6     The Power of Workshops 47

Part III A Step-by-Step Guide to a Great Training Package



Chapter 7     Planning and Preparation 53
Chapter 8     The Primary Workshop 63
Chapter 9     Ongoing Support and Celebration 93
Chapter 10    Using Best Practices to Customize Your Training Package 101

Afterword 107

Appendixes 109



A Sample Ready At Five Cards 109
B Sample Online Blog Training Entry 110
C Early Literacy School Readiness Initial or Primary Workshop Sample Agenda 112
D Pretend Play Skit Script 114
E Extension Activity Chart 117
F Sample Fingerplay and Song 118
G Kindergarten Skills Matching Activity Answer Key 119
H Sample Newsletter 120
I Early Literacy School Readiness Follow-up Workshop Sample Agenda 124
J Sample Participants' Comments 125

Resources 127

Index 133






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.

Elaine M. Czarnecki

Elaine M. Czarnecki is a literacy consultant with the firm Resources in Reading in Annapolis, Maryland. She teaches for Johns Hopkins University and is a former elementary school-based reading specialist. She provides professional development in the area of emergent literacy to children's librarians across Maryland and has given similar workshops in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Since 2001 she has provided consulting services for a variety of library initiatives, including the Emergent Literary Training Assessment Project. She has coauthored two articles for Public Libraries. She earned her master's degree in education with a concentration in reading at Loyola University in Maryland. She is also co-author of Tender Topics: Picture Books About Childhood Challenges.

Connie Wilson

Connie Wilson recently retired after 21 years in various librarian and supervisory positions at Carroll County (MD) Public Library. She has incorporated the importance of play and ways to promote children's play in workshops for librarians in various states, most recently Montana. Additionally, in Maryland she has presented workshops incorporating play to child care providers, parents and early childhood educators. Connie as lead trainer for an Early Literacy Training research study in Carroll County, recently presented ALSC/PLA webinars on training and motivating adults to foster early literacy and school readiness.