Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Certificate in Early Childhood Literacy

Whether you work directly with children in the library or want to learn more about early literacy to help you better serve your community, this certificate program offers key information on child development and early literacy and activities to put it into practice in your own situations and environments. It is designed for staff in public and school libraries to add to your knowledge and as a means of recognition of knowledge in this area.

The courses include early childhood development (newborn to age five), foundations of early literacy, enhancing storytimes, partnerships, sensory storytimes, media mentorship, and becoming an advocate for young children and their families in the library and in your community.

To fulfill the certificate requirements, you must take 6 of the courses below. Foundations of Early Literacy is the only required course, and is a prerequisite for Early Literacy- Enhanced Storytimes. Your ability to choose your electives allows you to customize the certificate to your own needs.

These courses can be taken as standalone courses as well. Each course is 4 weeks long, with a fifth week to submit assignments.

Download a printable brochure about this certificate program

Each course in the list below is a clickable link for further information and a registration link.

Course Instructor Dates Credits Cost
Foundations of Early Literacy: Using Your Knowledge to Enrich Library Experiences for Young Children and Their Families
(Required course and prerequisite for Early Literacy-Enhanced Storytimes)
Saroj Ghoting Sept 2018; Jan, May, & Sept 2019 1.5 CEUs $175
Early Literacy Enhanced Storytimes: Supercharging Your Storytime Using Interactivity, Intentionality, and Assessment to Help Children Learn with Joy, Library Juice Academy
(Prerequisite is Foundations of Early Literacy)
Saroj Ghoting Oct 2018; Feb, June & Oct 2019 1.5 CEUs $175
Using Intentional Planning to Choose Developmentally-Appropriate and Diverse Books for Storytime Lynn Baker April 2019 1.5 CEUs $175
Bilingual Storytime at Your Biblioteca Katie Scherrer May & Nov 2019 1.5 CEUs $175
Exploring STEAM Concepts Through Storytimes: Joyous Opportunities for Building Abstract Thinking in Young Children, Their Parents, and Caregivers Saroj Ghoting March & Nov 2019 1.5 CEUs $175
Meeting Diverse Needs Through Sensory Storytimes: Programming for Children with Special Needs Lynn Baker August 2018 & 2019 1.5 CEUs $175
Using Intentional Planning to Choose Developmentally-Appropriate Media and Meaningful Experiences for Storytimes Lynn Baker Sept 2018 & 2019 1.5 CEUs $175
Media Mentorship in Storytime and Beyond: Supporting Newborn to Five-Year-Olds and Their Families Claudia Haines Oct 2018 & 2019 1.5 CEUs $175
Creating Family Service Partnerships through Community Outreach Programs Lynn Baker Nov 2018 & 2019 1.5 CEUs $175
Meeting Needs: Assessing Effectiveness and Advocating for Early Childhood Services Lynn Baker Jan. 2019 1.5 CEUs $175

Discounts: Institutions or individuals may purchase a bundle of 5 registrations for a discount of 10% off. These registrations can be used over a period of one year from the date of purchase before expiring. They can be used to register multiple people for a single course, or over time for individual courses. Click the link in the menu bar at the top of the page for more information.

If you are interested in our Continuing Education Units (CEUs), you can read some information about them here.