[Reading-For-Healthy-Families] Early literacy partnership ideas

Becki Bozart bbozart at nworheadstart.org
Wed Jan 6 15:59:17 PST 2010


We at Columbia County healthy start have thought of a couple ways to form
partnerships. I also teach parenting classes for Child and Family
Development (birth to three) and I do a teen parent class at our local high
school. We partnered with St. Helens City library (thanks Margaret!) to put
on a "field trip" for my teen mom group, who came to the library and got a
RFHF lesson on overview and I Love Books, plus a storytime by library staff
and the opportunity to get library cards. This was pretty successful for us
and came together well.

Our Healthy Start program plans to do our next quarterly group meeting at
the library, where we'll share another module, hopefully with the help of
the library staff (Hey, Margaret!) and again provide that opportunity to get
library cards. We're planning on using transportation vouchers to eliminate
the major barrier our families have to visiting the library.

As many of my families are in the Rainier and Clatskanie areas where we do
not have an official library partner, I plan to offer an "offsite home
visit" and meet individual families at the library, using a tour and
obtaining a library card as a teaching opportunity, combined with a home
education module to cover a full topic.


Looking forward to our training next week!


Becki Bozart, FSW

Certified Parent Educator

Healthy Start of Columbia County



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Sent: Wednesday, January 06, 2010 1:44 PM
Subject: [Reading-For-Healthy-Families] Early literacy partnership ideas


Looking for ideas to sustain early literacy activities and partnerships?
Here are some things that RFHF participants are doing:

Washington County Cooperative Library Services worked with Healthy Start to
identify all the titles recommended in the Parents As Teachers curriculum,
purchase the titles, and create desposit collections for Healthy Start
family support workers to use with their families.  Think this is a great
idea? Call your library or your Healthy Start and start planning!  If you
can't remember how to contact each other, just ask me! 

Remember, there are resources for getting inexpensive books on the RFHF
http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/LD/youthsvcs/rfhf.deal.on.kids.books.shtml.  And
you may want to look at some fund development resources at:

Scappoose Public Library talked with local agencies about early literacy and
Every Child Ready to Read classes for parents at the library.  The following
agencies agreed to promote the classes to the parents they work with: County
Corrections Probation Officers, County Mental Health, DHS Self Sufficiency
and Public Health Department.  If you aren't sure how to get the word out
about your parent education sessions to families in your community you may
want to try working with local agencies like these.

If you have good ideas too please share them with us!  All you have to do is
hit "reply all" to this email and you're set to go.


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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