Preschool Talking Point #2

By providing access to resources, libraries help children build early literacy skills

By providing access to both print and nonprint resources, libraries can help children build their early literacy skills while enabling them to become familiar with the tools they will most likely be using in school.

Early Literacy Development Are Correlated to Children's Future Academic Achievement Programs

Researchers have found that early literacy development has a strong correlation with children’s future academic achievement programs (Bowman, Donovan and Burns, 2001; Shonkoff and Phillips, 2000).

librarians who serve preschoolers in child care promote secure emotional growth

Informational and collaborative networks of librarians and other professionals who serve preschoolers in child care can promote secure emotional growth so that a child grows up deeply confident that he or she is lovable and loved. This emotional foundation supports positive attitude towards learning and presages with high probability that, with the help of adult mentors, each child will become the kind of learner and reader who will succeed in school…

Libraries become service outposts for nurturing families and children’s positive development

Libraries are professionally well placed, both in familiar civic locales and in public confidence, to become service outposts for nurturing families and children’s positive development.

preschool storybook reading developes a wide range of language and literacy abilities in young children

Libraries are well acquainted with the fact that preschool storybook reading experience is positively correlated with the development of a wide range of language and literacy abilities in young children. Furthermore, it is very common for libraries to provide in-house storybook reading programs at the library or to run outreach programs aimed at families…; child care professionals or preschool teachers…; or others in the community. Outreach projects typically seek to reach children directly through read-aloud programs or to educate parents, preschool teachers, or child care professionals in what and how to read to preschoolers.

Libraries have Opportunity to Provide Early Literacy and Learning Experiences

Because they serve children for years before they begin school, public libraries have many opportunities to provide early literacy and learning experiences.

Public library programs offer wonderful opportunities for promoting school-readiness skills in children

Public library programs offer wonderful opportunities for promoting school-readiness skills in children and creating positive associations with books while showing parents how important these skills are and how to reinforce them at home.

children exposed to library outreach literacy training in preschool demonstrate more emergent literacy behaviors

The results of the present study indicate that children who have been exposed to a library outreach literacy training in preschool demonstrate a greater number of emergent literacy behaviors and pre-reading skills and read significantly more words correctly than children in a control group.