ECRR2 Resources

Libraries at the Ready (Have your ALA login & password handy)
Educational Leadership article by Donna C. Celano and Susan B. Neuman
 
Because English language learners enter kindergarten at a distinct disadvantage, Celano and Neuman examine the role public libraries can play in rallying around these young children to better prepare them for school. The authors document a new program called Every Child Ready to Read, which recently launched in 4,000 public libraries across the United States, aimed at educating parents of preschool-aged ELLs about five practices for school readiness—talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Through workshops and community events, librarians teach parents how—and why—to integrate these practices at home. The librarians' work includes dispelling myths about language acquisition, bridging cultural gaps, and overcoming barriers to get families to the library in the first place. Pulling from a year-long study that included interviews with librarians and observations of programming, the authors conclude that libraries are especially poised to make a dramatic impact on preschool-aged ELLs. They also explore key takeaways schools can glean from these efforts.
 
Libraries Emerging as Leaders in Parent Engagement
Phi Delta Kappan article by Donna C. Celano and Susan B. Neuman
 
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. Every Child Ready to Read has found that libraries hold a unique advantage in fostering parent education. Nearly every community has a library and their services are free. Finding partnership with other agencies has also helped expand their reach to parents and families who can most benefit from their services.
 
Elevator Speech [PDF - 5 MB)
Using value-based language to advocate for library services to children & families
 
Have an interview coming up with a local TV or radio station or a short speaking engagement at an event or conference? Excellent! Check out these talking points – everything the world needs to know about ECRR & Early Literacy in compelling and short points. 
 
Videos designed to help illustrate the ideas in the slide sets available in the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Communities; plan to use them during your workshops. 
 
The PowerPoint presentations in the ECRR 2nd Edition Kit contain video clips.  As a service to purchasers of the kit, for ease of downloading, video clips are available here.