Early childhood care and education providers have a tremendous impact on children's language and literacy development. As a concerned adult working with young children in Multnomah County, you have a wonderful opportunity to shape the future of the children's lives you touch. To support your efforts, we offer several programs.
Book bucket delivery to childcare centers & family childcare homes
To ensure that children in care and education centers are surrounded by great books, we loan buckets of picture books to full-day childcare centers, family childcare homes, and Head Start facilities. Every two months, we visit each center to exchange the bucket with a new collection of 25-50 books. Library staff share news about library programs, resources and training opportunities with teachers and childcare directors. Contact Martha Lillie at 503.988.5542 or Nicole Newsom at 503.988.6312.
Early literacy classes for childcare & education providers
Early childhood care and education providers have opportunities every month to take classes designed to help them plan fun early literacy activities daily for their children. Topics include children’s language development, six early literacy skills, working with children learning English as a second language, and partnering with parents. Additional professional development classes on topics of interest to caregivers are offered intermittently, usually at neighborhood libraries. Some classes are given in Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese. Contact Rachel Altmann at 503.988.3831.
Early literacy coaching for childcare & education providers
An early literacy specialist is available to visit your childcare to help create a fun learning environment to help foster children’s readiness for kindergarten. Contact Rachel Altmann at 503.988.3831.
Every Child A Reader
Every Child A Reader is a national program of the American Library Association designed to encourage parents to help their children get ready to read by doing five simple practices—read, talk, sing, write, and play every day. Working with special community partners, such as the Nurse-Family Partnership, Head Start, Oregon Child Development Center, Multnomah Early Childhood Program and others, we share fun, interactive reading techniques with the center’s teachers and offer education and encouragement to the children’s parents to include these simple actions in their daily activities. This program is funded by The Library Foundation and accessible to eligible partners by invitation only. Contact Lucy Iraola at 503.988.4482.
Program innovations for the Every Child Initiative are made possible, in part, by gifts to The Library Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to the library's leadership, innovation and reach through private support.