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Ideas for Early Literacy Projects
Background
RFHF Training Session Two provided participants time to start to develop early literacy projects that they want to make happen in their community.  Participants brainstormed ideas for making the projects happen, potential barriers to the projects, and what they need from their supervisors to overcome those barriers.  Supervisors then met to actually start planning those projects.  Below you will find links to the plans library and Healthy Start supervisors started creating during RFHF.
 
Everyone involved in RFHF hopes that these ideas will help other libraries, Healthy Starts, and organizations or agencies that work with young children and their families develop high-quality early literacy services.
 

Giveaway More Books to Families
How can we give more books away to young children and their families?  Most families participating in Healthy Start have very few books in their homes, especially children's books.
 
Benton, Lincoln, Linn, and Polk Counties
 
Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler Counties
 
Jackson County
 
Josephine County
 
Washington County

 

Library Cards for All Families
How can we provide libraries cards to all families?  Those who would benefit most are low-income families who cannot afford to pay late fees, families that cannot provide a permanent address, and families who do not have proper documentation.
 
Grant, Harney, Morrow, and Umatilla Counties 
 
Washington County 

Parent Groups
How can family support workers partner with children's library staff to run parent groups?  Many families participating in Healthy Start have extremely busy schedules, lack transportation, or face other challenges that make it difficult for them to participate in parent groups.  
 
 
Columbia County
 
Benton, Lincoln, Linn, and Polk Counties
 
Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler Counties
 
Washington County 
 

Sustaining Early Literacy Activities
How can we sustain early literacy activities for the next 5 years?  Healthy Starts and libraries sustain RFHF by continuing to provide training in a research-based early literacy curriculum to parents, and by continuing to partner together to support each others' early literacy projects. 
 
Benton, Lincoln, Linn, and Polk Counties 
 
Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler Counties: Plan A and Plan B 
 
Grant, Harney, Morrow, and Umatilla Counties: Plan A and Plan B 
 
Lake County
 
Lane County
 
Washington County 

Sustaining Partnerships
How can the library and Healthy Start Program sustain their partnership over time?  Library and Healthy Start staff will turn-over as time goes on.  Libraries and Healthy Start programs can establish lines of communication, activities, and other systems to ensure the partnership continues to benefit families over time.
 
Baker County
 
Columbia County
 
Deschutes County
 
Douglas County
 
Hillsboro (Washington County)
 
Jefferson County
 
Multnomah County
 
Tillamook County
 
Yamhill County

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