Ready to Read at New York Libraries -- Partner Organizations

Ready to Read at New York Libraries logoClick on any logo below to learn more about these resources.

Some of these resources align directly with a foundation training component in the Early Childhood Public Library Staff Development Program. These are indicated below with a number that aligns with its foundation training component. Resources that enhance the foundation training are indicated with an [E] (see key).

Key: [1] Early Literacy Community Asset Analysis; [2] Strategies for Successful Partnerships and Outreach; [3] Strengthening Young Families through Early Literacy Practices; [4] Early Learning Spaces; [5] Everyone Serves Families with Young Children. [E] Enhanced Training.


NY Council on Children and Families

Family Reading Partnership
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NYSED Early Learning NYSED Educational Television and Public Broadcasting
Head Start

NYS Infancy Leadership Circles

Library Trustees Association of New York State

NYS Parenting Education Partnership PULISDO logo  


Quality Stars NY

Reach Out and Read Read Aloud 15 Minutes  

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NY Council on Children and Families

Kids Well-being Indicators Clearinghouse

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.

[1] 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.; 518.473.5606

Every Student Present image 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.

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

Ready to Read at New York Libraries was represented in two presentations at the 2014 NYLA Annual Conference: Why Ready to Read at New York Libraries and Ready to Read at New York Libraries: Phase 2. View these from our home page under "Presentations about Ready to Read at New York Libraries."

NYSED 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

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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.

[E] 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.

[2] 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.

[1] 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.

[E] 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.

To find a Head Start or Early Head Start in your area click here and add your library’s zip code.

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.

Library Trustees Association of New York State

The Library Trustees Association of New York State (LTA) is the statewide organization that represents, assists, educates and honors public library boards and their trustees as providers of free and universal library service.

In an effort to further their mission goals, LTA has partnered with Ready to Read at New York State Libraries.

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


Prescription for Success Toolkit

[2] 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.

Reach Out and Read has developed the Prescription for Success Toolkit to help build partnerships between doctors’ offices and local libraries and museums.

Read Aloud 15 Minutes

become a partner -- read aloud 15 minutes

[3] ‚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; Fax: 518-486-5254.
Last Updated: April 3, 2018 -- asm