[kids-lib] New report on the impact of early literacy curriculum in Oregon

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Mon Jul 9 12:23:45 PDT 2012

I'm pleased to share NPC Research's Reading for Healthy Families: Final Evaluation Report<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/rfhf.overview.history.aspx>! Reading for Healthy Families (RFHF) was a statewide early literacy training project for Healthy Start/Healthy Families Oregon home visitors and Oregon children's librarians that took place from 2008-2011. RFHF adapted Every Child Ready to Read @ your library, a national evidence-based early literacy curriculum, to be appropriate for home visitors to use with individual families in their homes while still being appropriate for group presentations at libraries. The final evaluation reports on the impact of early literacy education sessions on families, early literacy services provided by participants, and local partnerships among participants from different programs.

If you or one of your coworkers use Every Child Ready to Read, you may be interested to know the following results in particular. These and other results presented in this report may be useful for writing grants to fund early literacy projects at your library, developing partnerships with early childhood professionals in your community, or to advocate for maintaining (or increasing!) funding of your current early literacy projects.

*         Participating families reported reading with their children significantly more often than non-participating families.

*         67% of participating families compared to 60% of non-participating families reported asking their child what will happen next in a story when reading together.

*         Participating families reported reading books, using the library, telling stories, talking about new words, and relating books to their real life to improve the learning environment for their young children significantly more than non-participating families.

*         97% of participating families compared to 96% of non-participating families reported pointing out and talking about picture in a book when reading together.

*         84% of participating families compared to 74% of non-participating families reported that their child pretends to read along when reading together; and 89% of participating families compared to 80% of non-participating families reported that their child participates in reading by asking questions, turning pages, or acting out parts of a book.

*         57% of participating families compared to 51% of non-participating families have a library card for their child, 23% of participating families compared to 16% of non-participating families attended a storytime at the library last month, and 43% of participating families compared to 32% of non-participating families checked materials out from the library for their child.

Here are some URLs that may be useful if you want to learn more about the impact of RFHF, look at and use the materials provided to Reading for Healthy Families participants, or book a Standardized Every Child Ready to Read Trainer.

*         Link to all 4 RFHF evaluations and success stories: http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/rfhf.overview.history.aspx

*         Direct link to the Final Evaluation Report: http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/youthsvcs/reading.healthy.families/rfhfYear4FinalReport6-26-2012.pdf

*         The Reading for Healthy Families Website: http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/pages/youthsvcs/rfhf.home.aspx

*         Information about Standardized Every Child Ready to Read Trainers, including their contact information if you want to book a training: http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/rfhf.overview.contact.aspx

Thank you,
Katie Anderson

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<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

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