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The Importance of Early Literacy

Post by Kathy Stewart
Posted March 18, 2013 in Kids & Book News

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Early literacy has received broader attention in the library world since President Obama’s State of the Union address in February called for increasing support and services for high-quality preschools, the Head Start program and for home visiting programs.

Haven’t both public and school libraries always been working to fill in educational gaps by offering programs and resources for parents and their children? Sure, but they’ll be looking anew for ways to re-engage and make libraries a key part of this national conversation.

There are many local and national initiatives addressing early literacy (from programs like Every Child Ready to Read ( and The Campaign for Grade Level Reading ( to collaborative partnerships with other organizations. Even more importantly, there is an ongoing IMLS grant (Project Views) seeking to measure the impact of public library programs on early learners.

The April issue of our Kids & Books newsletter is all about early literacy. I hope you'll find it inspiring.

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