Libraries and museums are powerful, but often overlooked partners in learning. A new report from the GLR Campaign and the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services looks at ways to leverage these institutions’ resources in a nationwide effort to turn around a crisis in early learning, exposing children to reading and learning experiences in the critical early years and keeping them learning through the summer months.
Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners, documents dozens of examples and 10 key ways libraries and museums are supporting young children. It provides a clear call to policy makers, schools, funders, and parents to make full use of these vital, existing community resources.
Click here to listen to the recording of the June 19 press conference call on the report.
Click here to watch a video of the June 20 news conference at the Anacostia library.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services also provides helpful maps illustrating the ratio of libraries and museums in the U.S. to population density of children under 5:
The report identifies 10 ways that libraries and museums can help with early literacy:
- Increasing high-quality early learning experiences
- Engaging and supporting families as their children’s first teachers
- Supporting development of executive function and “deeper learning” skills through literacy and STEM-based experiences
- Creating seamless links across early learning and the early grades
- Positioning children for meeting expectations of the Common Core State Standard
- Addressing the summer slide
- Linking new digital technologies to learning
- Improving family health and nutrition
- Leveraging community partnerships
- Adding capacity to early learning networks