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Partner Organizations

NY Council on Children and Families

The Council on Children and Families coordinates efforts to achieve the collective vision that all children, youth and families in New York State will be healthy and have the knowledge, skills and resources to succeed in a dynamic society.

Kids Well-being Indicators Clearinghouse

The Kids Well-being Indicators Clearinghouse (KWIC) is a tool to gather, plot and monitor New York State children’s health, education and well-being indicator data in order to improve outcomes for children and families. This is a valuable resource for library staff creating an Early Literacy Community Asset Analysis.

Where Do You Find Data Describing Your Community? was presented by Cate Bohn in February 2018.

Please contact Cate Bohn to set up a webinar to cover KWIC materials for your region.

Every Student Present

Every Student Present is a public awareness campaign developed by the Council on Children and Families and is intended to help families, school leaders and communities understand the impact of multiple school absences on children's learning, especially young students. The goals of the campaign are to promote awareness of chronic absence and to build capacity among schools, families and communities to reduce it.

Family Reading Partnership

The Family Reading Partnership is a nonprofit community organization that promotes early literacy. Their mission is to create a culture of literacy in which all children experience the pleasure of books as part of everyday family life, right from the start! They are located in Ithaca, NY and serve as a model of best practices in early literacy nationwide.

New York Library Association NYLA YSS

The New York Library Association (NYLA) offers a variety of services and programs to meet members’ needs and to advocate on behalf of libraries in the state.

NYLA's Youth Services Section (YSS) is dedicated to the literacy, information, reading, and recreation needs of youth in libraries.

NYSED Office of Early Learning

NYSED Office of Early Learning provides information and resources including assessment, data, parent resources, professional development, and interdisciplinary opportunities.

NYSED Educational Television and Public Broadcasting

NYSED Educational Television and Public Broadcasting provides educational and entertainment resources for teachers, families, students, and those interested in continuing education. In addition, all stations offer early childhood/early literacy programming and resources.


Please find full information for the PBS station near you through the NYSED Educational Television & Public Broadcasting website.

PBS kids is a free educational website developed and maintained by PBS. It includes fun games, activities, videos, resources, and tips for young children and their parents.


WMHT and WNED | WBFO Buffalo are official partners of Ready to Read at New York Libraries.

Head Start

The New York State Head Start Collaboration Project is a federally-funded program designed to build partnerships between Head Start programs and a wide range of state and local programs that provide quality early childhood education and family support to low-income children and their families.

Head Start has added some additional partnering resources. Partnership “Provider Tips Sheets” and “Administrator Tip Sheets” can be found under “EHS and FCC Partnerships” by clicking “see more resources” and scrolling down. These tip sheets provide useful information about creating and maintaining partnerships, as well as information about the benefits of fostering partnerships.

All Head Start and Early Head Start programs are required to complete a Community Needs Assessment every three years. Developing a relationship with these organizations could result in the sharing of this information to libraries as they create an Early Literacy Community Asset Analysis.

Early Essentials is a series of 9 videos from the Early Head Start National Resource Center that offers key messages and helpful resources for working with young children. The videos cover a variety of early childhood topics such as components of quality service, school readiness, expectant families, and language development.

Find a Head Start or Early Head Start in your area.

NYS Infancy Leadership Circles

New York State Infancy Leadership Circles are a project of the NY Zero-to-Three Network to bring together professionals in local communities who work with infants and toddlers and their families to facilitate professional networking, development, and communication.

NYS Parenting Education Partnership

The New York State Parenting Education Partnership helps professionals — and the parents and primary caregivers of children whom they serve — obtain the skills, tools and support needed to raise healthy, nurtured children.


The Public Library Systems Directors Organization (PULISDO) is a professional association of administrators from each of New York’s 23 public library systems.

Quality Stars NY

QUALITYstarsNY is a project of the Early Childhood Advisory Council designed to improve the quality of all early care and learning programs.

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.

Read Aloud 15 Minutes

Read Aloud 15 Minutes is a non-profit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care. When every child is read aloud to for 15 minutes every day from birth, more children will: be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, have the literacy skills needed to succeed in school, and be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school.

Become a partner of Read Aloud 15 Minutes and encourage families to read with their children.

Sharon Phillips is the Project Director for Ready to Read at New York Libraries.
For more information, contact Sharon at 518-486-4863.

Last Updated: October 5, 2022