Early Childhood Programs and Services Series Part 4: Early Literacy and STEAM

STEAM subjects are exciting and have great potential to captivate young children. When you expose them to science and math at an early age you are building their confidence, and unleashing their potential.
Librarians and early childhood educators can step in to make STEM learning (a national priority) more playful, fun and hands-on. Webinar attendees will learn innovative, playful ways to support Early Literacy and STEAM through programs, services, collections, and spaces.

Learning Outcomes

After participating in this webinar, attendees will:
  • Understand relevant research that supports the importance of STEAM and early literacy
  • Discover new ideas for infusing science, technology, engineering, art, and math into existing programs
  • Find inspiration for creating new STEAM learning opportunities for young children and their families
  • Learn how to spark curiosity, exploration, and discovery in young children and unleash their potential to innovate and problem-solve.
  • Play a critical role in meeting a national priority, by providing year-round access to, STEAM-focused, participatory learning opportunities with substantial learning outcomes.

Who Should Attend

Librarians who serve youth ages 0-5 and their families, youth services managers, branch managers, and library directors. Public librarians working in other areas, library school students who are interested in serving youth, and anyone who works with young children and their families.


This webinar will be presented by ALSC's Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee members Stephanie Prato and Stephanie Saba.

Stephanie C. Prato is the Head of Children’s Services at the Simsbury Public Library, CT. With experience in youth services, community outreach, leadership, instruction, and technology, she has developed innovative programs for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. She is an active member of the American Library Association and serves as a member of the Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children.
Stephanie Saba is a Senior Librarian at the San Mateo County Libraries in California. She is a member of the American Library Association and serves on the Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children. She will begin a two year appointment as a member of the Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee for ALA in July 2016. She is also a member of the California Library Association and is currently serving on the California Young Reader Medal Committee.



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.
Become an ALSC member and save on the price of the webinar.

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