NY's Early Literacy Plan and You

Ready to Read at New York Libraries logoThe following is text of the PowerPoint presentation presented at the New York Library Association Conference in Niagara Falls, Friday, September 27, 2013, at 3:45 p.m. Early Literacy Consultant Elaine Meyers. Presentation showing the research, findings, and recommendations for the development of New York State's public library early literacy plan, Ready to Read at New York Libraries. Includes valuable early literacy related links. Cosponsors: New York State Library and PULISDO.

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NY's Early Literacy Plan and You

One of Seven Recommendations [from Creating the Future: a 2020 Vision Plan for Library Service in New York State]:

The provision of robust early childhood education programs and provision of homework assistance as a core service… external link opens in a new window

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Five Year Plan 2013-17 external link opens in a new window

Specific Recommendations…

  • Provision of robust early childhood education programs
  • Strengthen partnerships that enable public libraries to assist young families and childcare providers in fostering early literacy skills for all the children in New York with specific mandate for …
    • Training
    • Partnerships

Early Literacy Initiative Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS) Growing Young Minds external link opens in a new window

Ways That Public Libraries Can Impact Early Learning

  • Increase high quality learning experiences
  • Engage and support families in role as first teacher
  • Support development by early literacy and STEM experiences
  • Position children for success in meeting Core State Standards
  • Leverage Community Partnerships
  • Add Capacity to Early Learning Networks

Research Phases

  • Best Practices State Library Early Literacy Programs
  • National Best Program Practices
  • Statewide Online Survey
  • Focus Groups
  • Regional Public Library Youth Services Coordinator Feedback

Other State Library Early Literacy Initiatives

  • Colorado
  • Oregon
  • California
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Idaho
  • Vermont
  • Ohio
  • Indiana
  • Arizona
  • Pennsylvania
  • Washington

Every Child Ready to Read @ your libraryexternal link opens in a new window (ECRR)

  • Parent and Caregiver Education with Every Child Ready to Read @ your library (2 editions)

Family Place Libraries external link opens in a new window

  • Public Space
  • Coaching
  • Play

Mother Goose on the Loose external link opens in a new window

  • Storytime

Key Findings and Recommendations

  • Begin with Evaluation
  • ECRR model for Parent /Caregiver Education
  • Public Spaces
  • Partnerships
  • Train the Trainer Model

Outcome Based Evaluation at Onset of Training Plan Development

Parent/Caregiver Education

Public Spaces


  • Idaho’s Route to Reading
  • Arizona’s ECRR in Navajo Nation
  • Colorado’s Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries (SPELL) external link opens in a new window IMLS planning grant
    • Expectant Parents
    • Sustained Effort over Time
    • Active Involvement
    • Partnerships
    • Assessments
    • Individual Attention and Trust
    • Group Dynamic
    • Cultural Proficiency
    • Work Through Existing Infrastructures
    • Fun or Gaming Element
    • Parents’ Knowledge Base and Existing Practices
    • Parents’ Attitudes
    • Convenience and Accessibility


  • State Departments of Education with Early Learning Divisions
  • Childcare Associations and Accreditation
  • Local Foundations
  • IMLS Leadership Grants
  • Children’s Museums
  • Humanities Council and Center for Book
  • Training Organizations
  • Outreach with Head Start, Tribes, Spanish Speaking Community, Reach Out and Read, and other medical and public health programs

Washington’s Robust Partnerships

  • Vision: Public libraries are full, essential partners in the early learning movement in Washington State.
  • Mission: The Early Learning Public Library Partnership external link opens in a new window strengthens the ability of public libraries to fully participate in the advancement of early learning in Washington State.
    Twenty-seven library partners representing over 300 libraries in Washington. Yearly symposium.

Washington’s Partners & Coalitions

  • Casey Family Programs
  • Center for Child and Family Well-Being
  • Center for Pediatric Dentistry
  • Children’s Alliance
  • Children’s Trust Foundation
  • Child Care Aware of Washington
  • Childcare Resources
  • Committee for Children
  • Early Learning Action Alliance
  • Early Learning Public Library Partnership (ELPLP)
  • Philanthropy Northwest
  • Potlatch Fund
  • Seattle Early Education Collaborative (SEEC)
  • Thrive by Five Washington
  • United Ways of Washington
  • Washington State Department of Early Learning
  • WithinReach

Train the Trainer Model

In January 2008, staff from more than a dozen Colorado public libraries and the Colorado State Library joined together and began working to develop a comprehensive approach to delivering and supporting early literacy services statewide.

CLEL Grassroots and Growing

Key Principles for Ready to Read at New York Libraries

  • Outcome BasedFunded
  • Range from small to large libraries
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Advisory Committee
  • Range of Training including face to face

[Next Steps and Questions]

Sharon Phillips is the Project Director for
Ready to Read at New York Libraries. For more information,
contact Sharon at 518-486-4863; Fax: 518-486-5254.
Last Updated: March 7, 2017 -- asm