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Spanish-speaking children get prepared to enter kindergarten at Multnomah County Library

Recent results of Multnomah County Library’s Listos para el kinder (Ready for Kindergarten) showed participant children tripled their school readiness skills while their families increased their library usage and involvement in their children’s learning.

Education Northwest, a third-party evaluation firm, worked with library staff members to develop, implement and conduct a child activity and pre- and post-program parent survey. The child activity measured the extent to which children participating in Listos develop kindergarten readiness skills in three areas: approaches to learning, social and emotional development, and language and literacy. The parent surveys assessed the extent to which parents use the learned tools to support their children’s academic growth. The largest gains were made by children who did not previously participate in an early childhood program and whose parents did not complete high school. These children grew from an average baseline score of 10.6 to a follow up score of 33.

This culturally responsive 12-week kindergarten readiness program delivered remarkable results with monolingual immigrant and refugee families. For more information, contact Delia Palomeque-Morales at


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