To launch Every Child Ready Duluth, the library engaged Fast Forward Libraries to help develop a strategic plan to guide the initiative, starting by gathering information about the current state of early childhood and family education and care in Duluth. The following report was created from information gathered from the school readiness sector map survey (featured here previously), interviews with key stakeholders, community research, and library program models from around the country. This report will help inform our strategic planning process at a community summit planned for later this year. We invite you to please read the draft Learning Report.
What is Every Child Ready Duluth all about?
Children can’t get “school-ready” by themselves—they need adults with them every step of the way, starting in infancy. Caregivers aren’t born ready for this task either—they need community support. Through the Every Child Ready Duluth initiative, the library will reach out to community partners to develop a coalition to help bridge the gaps in school readiness in our community, because we know that school-readiness is about a lot more than literacy. Together we will develop a plan to help all families, especially those who are vulnerable and under-resourced, access the resources they need to thrive. We will also support childcare providers with information and resources to strengthen their programs and enrich the children in their care. The ultimate goal is to transform Duluth into a city that is known not only for its love of green spaces and outdoor activities but also for its love and passion for the growth of its children and support for its families.
Expected benefits of Every Child Ready Duluth:
- Improved school-readiness for children entering kindergarten
- Improved long-term educational outcomes for children in Duluth
- Increased number of families have access to resources for basic needs and early learning, starting at home
- Increased number of library programs and services available outside library walls across the city
- Increased parent/caregiver knowledge of children’s social/emotional and early learning needs and increased confidence as children’s first and primary teacher
- Increased educational opportunities for childcare providers and enriched childcare programs
Carmella Hatch, Early Literacy Librarian
(218) 730-4222, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Schumacher, Youth Services & Branch Library Supervisor
(218) 730-4219, email@example.com