Public library early childhood services are designed for youth ages 0-5 as well as adult caregivers including parents/guardians and day care providers/preschool educators. Because youth services touch many lives and play an extremely important role in society, a strong, spirited staff, and quality materials are key elements.
The first few years of life are crucial in brain development and affect a child throughout life. Youth services staff must design and implement appropriate and effective infant through preschool programming, provide quality materials, and advise caring adults on home use. This will help ensure proper cognitive development, reading readiness, and the foundation for future educational success in children while strengthening the bond between parent and child.
This course will either introduce or serve as a review to basic components of early childhood services.
Ellin Greene’s Books, Babies and Libraries (1991, American Library Association) provides a great deal of information about developmental stages in early childhood which will be interspersed throughout this course.
Some of the terms used in this development section include:
In this course you will learn
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