How many of your administrators ask for solid data for your early literacy programs? Many supervisors need numbers for budget reasons or justification for staff members. While most youth services librarians can agree that ECRR2 has changed our programming for the better, there has been little research proving this. Luckily, this is beginning to change.
How do you measure the impact early literacy programs have on children? The University of Washington Information School received an Institute for Museum and Library Services National Leadership Research Grant to measure early literacy outcomes for children from birth to entering kindergarten who attend public library storytimes. The results have been amazing!
After observing more than 240 storytimes, the research has been compiled and examined. The research has proven that early literacy storytimes are making a difference. Children are responding to what the librarian is doing and responding to the content that is being provided.
I am excited to see the full results and practices that were used in this research. I believe this research is a stepping stone to bringing early literacy to the forefront of youth services. To stay updated on this research check out Facebook.com/views2