Preschool Talking Point #7

Emphasis Is Being Put on the Need for Literacy Development at Out-of-the-Home Setting

Traditionally, emergent storybook reading and emergent writing in the home have been seen as the major site of literacy development (Sulzby, 1991), however because so many children are in preschool situations and because so many families have [Limited English Proficiency], more emphasis is being put on the need for literacy development at out-of-the-home settings.

public libraries offer positive literacy environments to children

Although public libraries do not have the same day-to-day influence on young children as their daycare centers or homes, they offer positive literacy environments and nurturing settings that prepare preschool children for more structured learning situations. Repeated attendance at such programs can aid healthy brain development of babies and young children that may in turn set a path for easier learning and school achievement later in life.

Public libraries offer positive literacy environments for young children

Although public libraries do not have the same day-to-day influence on young children as their daycare centers or homes, they offer positive literacy environments and nurturing settings that prepare preschool children for more structured learning situations. Repeated attendance at such programs can aid healthy brain development of babies and young children that may in turn set a path for easier learning and school achievement later in life.

Libraries provide a child-friendly, literacy-rich environment

Basic Service: Child-friendly, literacy-rich environment. Promotes: Early/emergent literacy, motivation, joy of reading, access to materials.

Early Reading Experiences are Prerequisite for Future Literacy Development.

Early reading experiences are prerequisite for future literacy development. Collaborative efforts among librarians, teachers, parents, and day-care providers may facilitate life-long reading in young people.

Libraries are an obvious destination for language development

Libraries are an obvious destination for language development, due to their wealth of books and language-based programs for all ages

Libraries Are Places of Language Development

Libraries are an obvious destination for language development, due to their wealth of books and language-based programs for all ages.

Libraries have been working with families for years

Libraries have been working with families for years within and outside of libraries, providing access to print, motivating young children to read, and making connections with schools.

Libraries have helped many generations of children develop reading skills.

Vocabulary and comprehension, the unconstrained skills, are the foundational skills that children need to become proficient readers. These skills also determine whether children will become proficient learners. As children progress through school, they increasingly use vocabulary and comprehension skills to understand complex texts in all subjects. In other words, they use reading to learn. Libraries have helped many generations of children develop unconstrained reading skills.

children need high-quality language and literacy environments

A 1998 report, Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children , conducted by the National Research Council, concluded that “preschool children need high-quality language and literacy environments in their homes and in out-of-home settings. The public library is one such out-of-home setting suited for both parent and child in which these early language and literacy environments exist.

Two conditions found essential for creating a reader

Two conditions found essential for creating a reader are (1) an early environment that offers literary experience, that is, a print-filled environment (books, magazines, newspapers, etc.), and adults reading these materials, and (2) a caring adult to introduce the child to literary pleasure. The public library meets both requirements