[kids-lib] free early literacy training (RFHF): dates finalized

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Fri Jul 31 12:51:40 PDT 2009

Attention children's library staff at Oregon public libraries in the following counties:
Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Tillamook, and Yamhill
If your county is not listed above, check our website to see when RFHF was or will be offered in your county: http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/LD/youthsvcs/rfhf.train.schedule.shtml#Training_Schedule
Mark your calendars, final dates have been set and meeting rooms have been reserved for Training Session One. 
CountiesFirst Training DatesFirst Training LocationSecond Training DatesSecond Training Location
Year Two June 2009 - May 2010     
Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, YamhillOct. 15-16 Eugene Library: DowntownJan. 11-15 
Douglas, LaneNov. 2-3Newberg Public LibraryFeb. 1-5 
Coos, CurryDec. 1-2Coos Bay Public LibraryMar. 8-12 
Crook, Deschutes/Jefferson, Klamath, LakeJan. 7-8Deschutes Library: BendApr. 12-16 

Children's library staff in the counties listed above will be invited to participate in Reading for Healthy Families (RFHF) between October 2009 and April 2010.  RFHF is a statewide early literacy training project administered by the Oregon State Library and the Oregon Commission on Children and Families, and funded with generous grants from the Oregon Community Foundation and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
RFHF is free, and you will receive:
Training in the national, research-based early literacy curriculum Every Child Ready to Read @ your libraryR 
Training in dialogic reading, early brain development, phonological games, how to work with high-risk families, how to work with illiterate/low-literate parents, bilingual language development, media literacy, and other related topics you and your colleagues indicate that you would like training in. 
Opportunities to network with and begin developing partnerships with your local Healthy Start program. 
A resource kit that contains 11 Every Child Ready to Read @ your libraryR scripts for presenting early literacy education to parents, 4 DVDs on early literacy to show to parents during education sessions, point-of-contact early literacy activities for parents, an easel for displaying point-of-contact activities during education sessions, 4 professional development books on early literacy and storytime ideas (including bilingual storytimes), a travel size flannel board with a few flannel stories, finger puppets, a 6 early literacy skills poster, a rhyme booklet in Spanish and English, a nursery rhyme CD, and 4 cloth/pop-up books. 
16 board/picture books to giveaway to the families you provide early literacy education sessions to. 
There are a few important things to note about the trainings:
.        Training and resources kits are free.  Resource kits will be property of your library, staying there if you leave your job for any reason.
.        Free breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beverages will be served during the training. 
.        If you are traveling 40 miles or more one way to the training you may be eligible for reimbursement of mileage and hotel accommodations.
.        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.
Reading for Healthy Families Oregon is a three-year, statewide project.  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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