Welcome to the Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit! These research-backed resources were created for librarians to help families prepare children ages 0 to 8 for success in school and in life. Start here for an overview of how to use this downloadable, printable toolkit:
Reimagining School Readiness Position Paper
Based on a comprehensive review of cognitive and developmental psychology, this position paper identifies the skills and conditions that matter most for a child’s success in school and life. It is a resource for librarians, educators, and families, among others, to create supportive learning experiences and environments.
Promising Practices Guide
This guide includes practical tips and implementation strategies aimed at making the research on school readiness actionable for library staff. It is the result of a collaborative development process with six libraries throughout California.
Two case studies showcase how different libraries in California implemented the research from the position paper and strategies from the Promising Practices guide into their staff development and library programming.
Fowler Branch, Fresno County Public Library
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Ovitt Family Community Library, City of Ontario
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These double-sided bookmarks (available in six languages) contain tips for families to try outside the library, and an explanation of the associated skill from the Promising Practices guide.
Creative Summer Learning Experiences: A Practical Guide for Libraries
This guide was created in partnership with the Summer at Your Library Project of the California Library Association and contains a framework for building creative learning environments as well as exemplars from libraries throughout the state.
Creativity Catapult is a research-backed, expert-curated collection of activities that promote creative problem-solving skills.
Resources for Promoting Childhood Creativity through Libraries
This resource packet includes a summary of the best research-backed approaches to promoting creativity in children and a curated collection of favorite creativity-related activities selected by library educators.
This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.
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