Creating Family Service Partnerships through Community Outreach Programs
Instructor: Lynn Baker
Dates: Not currently scheduled
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
There are families with young children in your community who never come to the library, and might not ever come, unless you meet them where they are. This class will provide a framework to help you build partnerships with family organizations in your community that can help you reach unserved families. Research has shown that children who do not attend any formal setting prior to kindergarten are less likely to become successful learners and readers. Conversely, early care and education centers that serve children prior to kindergarten have an important role in helping children they serve develop early literacy and learning skills that will prepare them for the transition to kindergarten. The library is in a unique position to reach unserved families through community outreach programs and early care and education providers through early literacy training. Class content will focus on strategies for planning inclusive outreach family storytime programs, offering early literacy trainings for parents and early care and education, and creating community partnerships with family service organizations in your community.
After taking this class, successful participants will be able to:
- Describe ways in which outreach programs can meet families where they are and promote literacy/family interaction
- Identify family service organizations in the community with which the library could build a partnership to reach families
- Choose books and resources that families can use at home to help their child develop early literacy and school readiness skills
- Plan an early literacy training for early care and education providers based on the early literacy skills and five best practices of Every Child Ready to Read®
Expectations: This class is four weeks of content. There WILL be homework during the fourth week which will be due by the end of the fifth week. Although there are individual differences, you may expect each week to take 3 - 4 hours of work which includes the readings, watching the presentations, participating in forums, and submitting assignments.
This course is part of our Certificate in Early Childhood Literacy, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.
R. Lynn Baker is an early literacy consultant and credentialed early childhood trainer. She leads face-to-face and online trainings for early care and education professionals and librarians. Lynn is a former early childhood librarian and author of library program guidebooks, published by the American Library Association, including Counting Down to Kindergarten: A Complete Guide to Creating a School Readiness Program for Your Community and Creating Literacy-Based Programs for Children: Lesson Plans and Printable Resources for K-5. Lynn has over 25 years of experience in early childhood education. Lynn holds her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and a minor in Special Education. She received her Master’s in Library and Information Science, with an early childhood focus, from San Jose State University.
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.