Free Webinar – Engaging Toddlers in Active Early Learning

Date: Thursday, December 10, 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 & Kristen Hanmer, Catalog and Processing Manager, 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 the research behind Every Child Read to Read and how to teach and encourage the five early literacy practices: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Discover how the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) provides high-quality early learning experiences to toddlers through our innovative, research based, community-driven programs like First Steps, Music and Movement, Art Lab, and Smartplay. Learn how to create opportunities in existing spaces that encourage play and the five early literacy practices.

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 toddlers and their families around early learning. After participating in this webinar, attendees will:

  • Understand relevant research that supports the importance of early learning
  • Learn useful tips for engaging this very active and independent demographic
  • Discover new ideas for how to incorporate the five early literacy practices into existing programs and spaces
  • Find inspiration for creating new learning opportunities for toddlers 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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