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New Report Highlights Roles of Libraries and Museums in Preparing Young Children for Success!

Libraries and museums are effective, but often overlooked, resources in our nation’s effort to turn around a crisis in early learning, exposing children to reading and powerful learning experiences in the critical early years, and keeping them learning through the summer months, according to a new report issued by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR). The GLR Campaign is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The GLR Campaign focuses on the most important predictor of school success and high school graduation; grade-level reading by the end of third grade.

The report, Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners, documents dozens of examples and 10 key ways libraries and museums are supporting young children. It provides a clear call to policy makers, schools, funders, and parents to make full use of these vital, existing community resources. As the nation commits to early learning as a priority essential to our economic and civic future, the report provides case studies and research documenting that libraries and museums are part of the solution. To support this goal, the IMLS issued $2.5 million in grants last year to institutions seeking to improve early literacy. Another $2.5 million in funding has been committed for 2013. More information about this initiative is available from the IMLS web site.

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