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Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary – two important tools for beginning to learn to read when they enter kindergarten.
Birth to 3
The Connecticut Birth to Three System was created by state legislation and federal legislation known as the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Part C of IDEA is a program that assists states in operating a comprehensive statewide program of early intervention services for the families of infants and toddlers, ages birth up to age 3.
The mission of the Connecticut Birth to Three system is to strengthen the capacity of Connecticut’s families to meet the developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers who have delays or disabilities.
Library Juice- Early Childhood Literacy
Whether you work directly with children in the library or want to learn more about early literacy to help you better serve your community, this certificate program offers key information on child development and early literacy and activities to put it into practice in your own situations and environments.
Every Child Ready to Read
The Every Child Ready to Read program encourages parents to interact with their children using the five practices of early literacy: singing, talking, reading, writing, and playing. The program is reaching children in high-need communities who are likely to enter school less prepared their wealthier peers.
Diane Frankenstein- Conversational Reading
The goal of Conversational Reading is to promote thinking and reflection. Unlike standard question-and-answers, the questions in Conversational Reading are meant to jumpstart a conversation and are not end points in themselves, but the beginning of new comprehension and curiosity; it’s less about what you know and more about what you think.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your precious one start kindergarten.
Reimagining School Readiness
Welcome to the Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit! These research-backed resources were created for librarians to help families prepare children ages 0 to 8 for success in school and in life. This toolkit is completely downloadable and printable.
The Institute for Learning & Brain Science
These free modules take an in-depth look at the science of child development. Our growing collection has more than 20 topics to discover. Explore from the beginning or choose an area that interests you and get started!
Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center
Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Inc. (CPAC) is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers information and support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness, age birth through 26.
Self Paced Course
Integrating Early Childhood Education into Librarian Professional Development
The New York Public Library proudly presents a FREE four-part training series developed in collaboration with CUNY’s Professional Development Institute and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
We developed Raising the Bar as a bridge to connect early childhood development to public librarianship and, through an IMLS grant, have made the curriculum and its materials digitally accessible and downloadable.
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