[kids-lib] free early literacy training (RFHF): save the date

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Thu Jul 9 14:38:09 PDT 2009

Attention: Children's library staff at Oregon public libraries
Most of you are well aware of Reading for Healthy Families (RFHF), the statewide early literacy training program that began last year (see below for more information).  Trainings are free!  Tentative date ranges have been set for Year Two trainings.  
There are a few important things to note about the trainings:
.        Both of the trainings will take place 2 consecutive days within the week indicated below, not the entire week.  You will be notified of exact dates when the application process begins.
.        The application process for each cohort will begin about 1 month prior to the tentative dates listed below.  Your director will get an email, and an email will go out on kids-lib.
.        Space in each cohort is limited, and library staff within the counties specified will have priority.
.        If extra space is available, library staff from counties that have already had an opportunity to participate in RFHF will be invited to apply.
.        Library staff may not attend a training prior to when their county is schedule to participate in order to keep data clean for the project evaluation.
.        If your county is not listed below, check our website to see when RFHF will be offered in your county: http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/LD/youthsvcs/rfhf.train.schedule.shtml#Training_Schedule
CohortCountiesFirst Training DatesSecond Training Dates
 Year Two June 2009 - May 2010   
5Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, YamhillOct. 5-9Jan. 11-15
6Douglas, LaneNov. 2-6Feb. 1-5
7Coos, CurryDec. 1-4Mar. 1-5
8Crook, Deschutes/Jefferson, Klamath, LakeJan. 6-7Apr. 12-16

Reading for Healthy Families Oregon is a three-year, statewide project funded by the Oregon Community Foundation and Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and is administered by the Oregon State Library and the Oregon Commission on Children Families. The 4 primary objectives for RFHF are to:
Provide early literacy training and resources to 300 children's library staff and Healthy Start family support workers statewide.  The training includes the ECRR curriculum, working with high-risk families, networking/partnership building, bilingual language development, working effectively with parents, media literacy, and working with special needs children.  94 children's library staff and family support workers were trained in Year One. 
Provide early literacy education to 4,500 families with children 0-5 years old statewide.  The children's library staff and family support workers who complete RFHF will each provide early literacy education sessions to 15 families.  Approximately 700 families have received early literacy training from RFHF participants thus far.  These families now have the knowledge and access to resources to help their children be ready to learn to read when they start kindergarten. 
Increase the number of qualified Every Child Ready to Read @ your library master trainers in Oregon from 1 to 12. These trainers will be available to conduct certified ECRR training to any organization or agency in the state who wishes to contract with them.  This increases access to ECRR training, lays the foundation of a common early literacy curriculum used statewide, and increases the sustainability of early literacy training.  5 standardized ECRR trainers were certified last year! 
Foster local partnerships among libraries and Healthy Start programs to continue providing early literacy education, activities, and resources for families in their communities long after RFHF is completed.  38 programs participated last year and began developing local partnerships. 
For even more information, please visit the RFHF website: http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/LD/youthsvcs/rfhf.home.page.shtml.  If you have any questions, please email or call me to talk more about it. 503-378-2528, katie.anderson at state.or.us 
Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us, 503-378-2528
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