Early Literacy Resources

The resouces listed here are organizations dedicated to early literacy and/or early childhood education. The list is divided into two sections: Alaska Statewide Resources and National Resources.

 

Alaska Resources

  • Alaska Association for the Education of Young Children
    Alaska AEYC is working to bring high-quality early learning opportunities to all children from birth through age eight. The statewide organization and its three local affiliates (Anchorage, Northern Interior, and Southeast) serve the needs of early childhood education professionals in the state of Alaska.

    • AEYC Juneau Family Newsletter
      Information about great family activities in the Juneau area, sponsored by the Association for the Education of Young Children.

  • Alaska Head Start Association
    Dedicated to strengthening early learning programs through advocacy, education, and leadership. AHSA represents all 16 Head Start programs in Alaska.

  • Alaska Infant Learning Program

    Program run by the Dept of Health and Social Services that promotes access to a flexible array of quality services to all Alaskan infants and toddlers with special developmental needs and to their families.


  • Best Beginnings
    A public-private partnership that mobilizes people and resources to ensure all Alaska children begin school ready to succeed through support from businesses, foundations, nonprofits, government, and individuals.

    • Best Beginnings Newsletter

      Six newsletters annually in addition to timely e-mail alerts, which communicate events or important issues that affect early learning efforts in Alaska.

  • First Book: Southeast Alaska

    First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy - access to books. First Book Southeast Alaska was launched in 2006 and since that time has granted thousands of books to agencies in SE that work with children.


  • Imagination Library in Alaska
    Imagination Library mails a FREE, high-quality, brand-new book each month to children from birth to age 5 who live in communities that support the program. Serves 110 communities.

  • Juneau Families

    Wesbite created by Partnerships for Families & Children (PFC) -- a Best Beginnings Partnership. PFC is a group of 20 non-profit and state agencies working together to promote a web of community support for young children and their families.


  • Parents As Teachers
    A support network that empowers parents to give their children a great start in life, includes one-on-one home visits and group events. Administered by RurAL CAP. Serves 19 communities in AK.

  • Raise-a-Reader (no website)
    The Alaska Association for Family & Community Education provides packets to new mothers that include: a new book, booklist with suggested titles, book mark with contact information of local libraries and literacy projects, and information on language development in young children. Available in Kenai, Mat-Su, and Northern District.

  • Reach Out and Read
    Nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. There are 65 locations in AK. Click on "Find a Program" to find the closest location.
  • thread
    Helps parents make informed choices about child care and education. thread also holds family events and parent workshops. Offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, and Wasilla.

 

National Resources

  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten
    Non-profit dedicated to promoting reading to young children and encouraging parents to bond with their children through reading. Website has booklists, reviews, articles and an iPhone app to help record reading progress.

  • Association for Library Service to Children - Born to Read
    Aimed at providing early literacy resources to library staff as they help new parents to become aware that reading to a baby from birth is critical to every baby's growth and well being. 

  • Every Child Ready to Read

    ECRR is a parent education initiative created by the Public Library Association. It stresses that early literacy begins with the primary adults in a child's life. The ECRR toolkit is available for purchase.


  • Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy - Book Awards
    Annual recognition given to picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children, will serve as a collection development, program planning, and early literacy information resource for librarians, educators, and caregivers.

  • Mother Goose Club
    Site has tons of nursery rhymes, videos, songs, and coloring pages to keep young children engaged.

  • National Institute for Early Education Research
    NIEER conducts and communicates research to support high-quality, effective early childhood education for all young children. The Institute offers independent, research-based advice and technical assistance to policymakers, journalists, researchers, and educators.

  • Family Place Libraries
    Network of children's librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth, and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. The program focuses on the parent-child relationship and aims to expand the role of  public libraries as key players in family and early childhood development, parent and community involvement, and lifelong learning beginning at birth.

  • Little eLit

    Professional learning network that works to develop promising practices for the incorporation of new media into library collections, services and programs for families with young children.

  • Mother Goose on the Loose

    An award-winning early-literacy program for children from birth to age 3 with their parents or caregivers that uses a variety of activities, such as rhymes, songs, puppets and instruments to foster speech development, motor coordination, self-confidence, and sensitivity to others. Program materials are available for purchase.


  • Read Aloud 15 MINUTES
    Non-profit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care.

  • Saroj Ghoting (Early Childhood Literacy Consultant)
    Ghoting is an expert on early literacy who offers trainings and workshops for library staff and at national, state, and local conferences. Her website has a wealth of early literacy resources for librarians.
  • Zero to Three
    National non-profit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and the know-how to nurture early development.

 

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to
the Alaska State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.