Free Webinar – Building Early Literacy Skills with Babies

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Place: Online at
Presenter: Stephanie C. Prato, Director of Play to Learn Services, Fayetteville Free Library, NY
Cost: Free to MVLS libraries

Explore engagement tools that promote early literacy skills and bring early learning home to families. Learn how to bridge the 30 Million Word Gap by sharing effective strategies with parents and caregivers for immediate, enriching ways to communicate with babies. Discover how the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) provides high-quality early learning experiences to babies through our innovative, research based, community-driven programs like Cuddletime, Music & Movement, and Let’s Learn. Rethink how families discover and access traditional collections like board books, and non-traditional items like Born to Read Kits.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will learn innovative, playful ways to support early literacy through programs, services, collections, and spaces. They will leave the session with practical ways to engage babies and their families around early learning. After participating in this webinar, attendees will:

  • Understand relevant research that supports the importance of early learning
  • Learn how to best serve children at different developmental stages
  • Discover new ideas for enhancing existing baby programs
  • Find inspiration for creating new learning opportunities for babies and their families
  • Have practical strategies for accommodating siblings in multi-age programs

Who Should Attend

Librarians and staff in public and school libraries.

Teachers and preschool teachers and other childcare providers.

Anyone who works with young children and their families.

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