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Early Literacy

Early literacy training is one of the three best practices in library youth services identified by the State Library in 2007. Public libraries using state funds (the Ready to Read grant) to support early literacy are encouraged, but not required to provide early literacy training to library staff, primary caregivers, childcare providers, and/or preschool teachers. 


These materials are for distributing information about early literacy, and planning and presenting early literacy training.

Print brochures, activities, and other early literacy information for distribution

Conduct an early literacy training for primary caregivers (families)

Conduct an early literacy training for childcare providers and/or preschool teachers (professionals)

Contract with an Every Child Ready to Read Oregon Registry Standardized Trainer to offer a training to childcare providers and/or preschool teachers for Set 1 continuing education credit


The other two best practices in library youth services are summer reading and outreach to underserved youth and their families. These best practices were identified by the State Library based on the results of a statewide community analysis conducted by Multnomah County Library with federal Library Services and Technology Act funds. Also, based on a growing body of research that indicates underserved youth tend to be most negatively impacted by the achievement gap, and that the lack of equitable access to high-quality early learning and summer enrichment programs are the primary causes of the achievement gap.