Learning Together: Increasing staff and family commitment to early literacy at Phoenix Public Library
June 16, 2021 | 1 p.m. ET
As a large, urban public library system, Phoenix Public Library serves communities with high rates of childhood poverty and low rates of third grade reading proficiency. Because early literacy and language acquisition are critical factors in reading success, they have a laser focus on supporting children birth to age five and training caregivers to become the best first teachers.
In 2018, Phoenix Public Library added LENA Start to its early literacy program offerings. While the Early Literacy Outreach Team had always had a heart and mission to reach families with young children, adding LENA Start brought an increased knowledge of child development and new practices on how to best support families. Early literacy librarians have now been better able to communicate with families and have more strategies and tools and feel better equipped to support them.
Join us to hear from Wendy Resnik, Children and Teen Services Coordinator at Phoenix Public Library, about their implementation journey. We’ll talk about funding sources, community partnerships, staff development, how they pivoted to virtual during COVID, and their plans to return to in-person programming.