Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Serving Refugee and Immigrant Families

Tuesday, 4/9/2019
  • 3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 2:00 PM (Central)
  • 1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 12:00 PM (Pacific)

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 is offering this live webinar free of charge.

How to Register

Click here to register for this webinar.

Tech Requirements

computer, internet access


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