PLA and ALSC release new Every Child Ready to Read® toolkit for training early childhood educators

For Immediate Release
Fri, 02/17/2017


Kara O'Keefe

Manager, Marketing & Membership

Public Library Association (PLA)

CHICAGO —The Public Library Association (PLA) and Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) are proud to announce the release of “Every Child Ready to Read® (ECRR) @ your library® Toolkit for Serving Early Childhood Educators.”

This digital toolkit is primarily aimed at public library staff as a how-to manual to train early childhood educators, including licensed home child care providers, child care center staff, Head Start teachers, preschool teachers and other child care professionals. The training offers a better understanding of what it means to partner, train and facilitate learning with early childhood educators whose students are growing in independence and ability as they approach school entry. Topics covered in the toolkit include:

  • early literacy;
  • constrained and unconstrained skills;
  • decoding and comprehension;
  • critical dimensions of language and literacy;
  • early literacy skills;
  • early literacy practice; and
  • early literacy during routines and/or activities

The toolkit contains customizable PowerPoint presentations, instructions, planning worksheets, handouts, booklists, evaluation forms, resources lists and more. The total cost of the toolkit is $99. Please visit the ALA Store to purchase the digital toolkit and to learn more.

Every Child Ready to Read®, Second Edition materials are based on research from the PLA/ALSC Early Literacy Initiative. The “Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® Toolkit for Serving Early Childhood Educators” was written by Elaine Czarnecki, Saroj Ghoting, Amanda Ellington Roberson, Pamela Rogers and Dorothy Stoltz.

About the Public Library Association (PLA)
PLA is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, visit

About the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) 
ALSC is the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. From creative programming and best practices to continuing education and professional connections—ALSC members are innovators in the field of children's library service. ALSC's network includes more than 4,000 children's and youth librarians, children's literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members and other adults dedicated to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more, visit