Public libraries play a key role in ensuring
that every Ohio child starts kindergarten
ready to learn to read.
Ohio Ready to Read Supports Your Early Literacy Activities
Updated 4/15/14. New! Learn about Ohio's new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, which will replace the KRA-L in fall 2014.
Ohio Public Libraries and Student Learning gets public librarians up to speed on Common Core/Ohio's New Learning Standards, the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, and other developments in PreK-12 education policy and practice. Learn about the new initiatives and what your library can do to support students, parents, and teachers.
Storytime Crosswalk Connections (PDF), created by Ohio librarian Cheilon Preston, youth services coordinator at the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library, is an easy-to-use tipsheet with an example activity or idea for matching each of the Six Skills from ECRR1 with each of the Five Practices from ECRR2. It supplements the Ohio Early Literacy Crosswalk, which cross-references ECRR and other early-literacy frameworks. A good companion is our new (spring 2014) ORTR Booklist (PDF), which sorts good books under each of the Six Skills AND Five Practices, so every book on the list supports both a skill and a practice. This booklist was created by Brenda Guggenbiller, youth services supervisor at the Ashland Public Library.
Find an expanded listing of compilations of early literacy research, and tools to help you make the case for your early literacy work, on the Research and Advocacy page.
Download Grab and Go Literacy Station templates for the Five Practices.
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The ORTR Library is a collection of storytime outlines, booklists, scripts, sample publications, links, and other "shares" for librarians to plan early literacy activities. Browse, borrow, use, and share!
Need training? ORTR trainers are available to come to your library and present the new Early Literacy 101 training, which incorporates content from both editions of Every Child Ready to Read and additional resources and tools you can use to share early literacy concepts with your community. See the Training page for details and to request a training.
The Ohio Early Literacy Crosswalk helps librarians and early-childhood professionals work with four early literacy frameworks: ECRR1, ECRR2, Ohio Department of Education Early Learning and Development Standards, and Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework Outcomes.
Every Child Ready to Read Update:
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA) announce the release of a new Every Child Ready to Read® product in March 2014. The Every Child Ready to Read® @ your Library® Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Communities is now available as a digital download from the ALA Store. This toolkit supports your Every Child Read to Read programming for your Spanish-Speaking patrons, providing a turnkey product that includes Spanish language activities and booklists.
The revision of the national Every Child Ready to Read® @ Your Library® (ECRR) program focuses on five simple practices--talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing--that develop language and pre-reading skills in children beginning at birth. The ECRR2 toolkit is available from the ALA Store.
Saroj Ghoting debuted her STAR POWER™ workshop in Ohio in August 2011. This workshop, sponsored by ORTR, introduced ECRR2 and explored early literacy in storytimes, library environments, and library programs. STAR POWER™ workshop handouts and materials are available for free download on the Training Opportunities page.
Saroj has also developed several helpful companion resources for libraries adopting ECRR2, including a summary of the early literacy components (skills) (PDF) and a chart showing how the early literacy components and the Five Practices support each other (PDF). More resources are available on Saroj's website.
Ensure the success of children in your Ohio community:
- Attend a training workshop to help you build a firm foundation in early literacy. You may request a free Early Literacy 101 or Fun and Facts training for your staff. ORTR trainers are available to travel to your library and offer these workshops.
- Offer storytimes incorporating the six early literacy skills (PDF) that children need to develop in order to be ready to learn to read.
- Prepare at-risk parents for their role as their child's first teacher through Parent/Caregiver workshops you offer in your community. Resource-packed Ohio Ready to Read Kits for libraries help you prepare for and present your workshops.
- Learn and share other effective ways to promote kindergarten readiness. Find tools throughout this site and contribute your own resources to the Ohio Ready to Read Library.
PLA/ALSC Every Child Ready to Read® @ Your Library® is a national, research based initiative to give public library staff the training, skills and tools they need to contribute to the school success of young children. ECRR incorporates simple practices to help parents and other caregivers develop early literacy skills in children from birth to age five.
Ohio Ready to Read is a joint initiative of the Ohio Library Council and State Library of Ohio to educate Ohio's families on the importance of early childhood literacy through resources and activities available at Ohio's public libraries.
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