Early Childhood Education Initiatives
Date: Monday, March 31
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Social Responsibilities Roundtable (SRRT)
Learn about the vital role that libraries have in early childhood education and how to address this through Family Place Libraries. The Family Place Model provides an evidenced-based framework for early childhood and family services in a public library setting. This pre-conference will be held at the Hardesty Public Library, 8316 E. 93rd, Street, Tulsa ( 918-549-7550).
Kathleen Deerr, National Coordinator, Family Place LibrariesTM
Kathleen Deerr has been working with children and families in public libraries for the past three decades. Since 2002, she has served as the National Family Place Libraries™ Coordinator, administering all aspects of this initiative. Under her leadership the number of libraries in the Family Place network has more than tripled and Family Place was recently award the prestigious National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Recognizing early on that children’s most important role models are parents and caregivers, she has developed many innovative, interdisciplinary programs which focus on parent/child interactions and has administered programs such as the Partners for Inclusion Project, Reach Out and Read, and the Parent Child Home Program in library settings. As the lead trainer and administrator of the Family Place Training Institute, she has trained close to 1,000 library administrators and librarians. She was a member of the IMLS-Campaign for Grade Level Reading Task Force, has served as a guest lecturer at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science and is the co-author of three Neal-Schuman books, Running a Parent/Child Workshop: a How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians, Including Families of Children with Special Needs and The Family Centered Library Handbook.
A life-long advocate for children, Ms. Deerr has presented workshops and lectures on the role of the public library in early childhood development and family support for state and national library and early childhood organizations including Smart Start, Brazelton’s Touchpoints, the American Library Association and the Public Library Associations. She strongly believes libraries are binding threads in the fabric of their communities and play a crucial role in the development of healthy children and families.