Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Serving Refugee and Immigrant Families

Librarians and early childhood educators are always looking ahead and responding to the current needs of their communities, including the provision of meaningful programming and services to our refugee and immigrant families. Join Jessica Dym Bartlett, Ph.D and Maria A. Ramos-Olazagasti, Ph.D to learn more about the challenges young children and their families face when leaving their home countries, including the trauma associated with family separations and strategies to support them.

Learning Outcomes

By attending this webinar, participants will:

  • Learn about the experiences of families who leave behind the home countries.
  • Gain understanding of the impact of separation and trauma.
  • Discover innovative ways to address the needs of families experiencing separation and relocation.
  • Consider the potential barriers to services at their libraries.
  • Create meaningful programming and services to support families within their communities.

Who Should Attend

The primary audience will be children’s librarians and library staff in public libraries who are serving youth ages 0-6. We believe that anyone interested in working with young children, will find this webinar series beneficial. Practitioners will be able to learn new information and build upon what they already know. In addition, youth services managers, branch managers, and library directors who supervise librarians working with ages 0-5 will find this webinar valuable. 


Instructors: Jessica Dym Bartlett, Deputy Program Area Director, Early Childhood Development and Child Welfare, Child Trends & Dr. Maria A. Ramos-Olazagasti, Senior Research Scientist, Child Trends.
Co-Instructors: Susan Spicer, Early Learning Program Manager, Salt Lake County Library & Stephanie Smallwood, Early Literacy Specialist, Springfield-Greene County Library District.



ALSC offers this archived webinar to all ALSC members free of charge. Non-members can purchase the webinar archive for $25 per individual, or $195 for groups.

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How to Register

If you are an ALSC member you will need your ALA login information to access the archived webinar; if you click on this link and receive a page error message, please ignore it and proceed to the login link in the top right corner of the page. If you are an ALSC member and you are having problems logging into the ALSC website please contact Kristen Figliulo.

If you are not an ALSC member, please use the links below to purchase the webinar archive through the ALA Store:

Individual Rate
Group Rate

Tech Requirements

computer, internet access


Kristen Figliulo
ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education
(800) 545-2433 ext. 4026