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Parent/Caregiver Workshops and Resources


By sharing key skills and practices with at-risk parents and caregivers in your community, you will make a vital difference in the early literacy development of young children. The Every Child Ready to Read® @ Your Library® 2nd edition toolkit (ECRR2) provides talking points and customizable slideshows for workshops that allow you to educate parents and caregivers, library staff, and community partners on the importance of promoting reading readiness by reading, writing, talking, playing, and singing with young children. To facilitate your workshop planning:

More Workshop Resources


The Ohio Departments of Education and Job and Family Services have recently revised Step Up To Quality, Ohio's quality rating and improvement system for licensed learning and development programs. The Step Up To Quality program standards have been expanded from three to five levels, and have been revised to include family and community engagement and health promotion standards. For more information regarding the new Step Up To Quality system, please visit the Early Childhood Ohio website.
If you provide (or would like to provide) staff trainings for early childhood learning programs, please review the Training Approval Process for Step Up to Quality.

Also, if you are providing training to staff of child care centers or to Type A homes, you may use this form to document your attendees' participation:
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Form 01307: Inservice Training for Child Care Employees. Your training description goes on page 2 (Child Development). The MLIS/MLS qualifies as a related field as long as the training is related to how early childhood professionals can use the library services in their role working with young children.

Consider offering a workshop in partnership with another community group. Find suggestions on the Partnerships section of this website.

Use this Tip Sheet (PDF) as a guide to reach out to families who do not come to the library.

Browse the Early Literacy Resources section of this website for more ideas.

Saroj Ghoting has created a series of videos demonstrating early literacy asides. These video clips are useful for incorporating tips to adults on early literacy in the storytime setting. Saroj did these video clips at the request of Enid Costley, Youth Services Consultant at the Library of Virginia, to support an online class on early literacy storytimes.

For Parents and Caregivers


Many excellent resources exist to educate and encourage parents to thrive as their children's first and best teachers. Consider sharing these links in your workshops and in your outreach and in-library interactions with parents and caregivers of young children:

PBS Parents: Reading and Language
Learn how children become readers and writers and how parents can help them develop by talking, reading, and writing together every day.

Zero to Three
Resources for parents and others to learn about brain development, early language and literacy, and child development. The site includes special sections for many helpful topics including Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care and School Readiness.

Get Ready to Read screening tool
This online, 20-question tool for 4-year-olds was designed to show where a child is on the path to developing pre-reading skills. It is free for parents and caregivers to use with children, and is available in English and Spanish.