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The Family Place Libraries™ initiative helps librarians (and the parents they work with) apply the latest research on positive child development. As a model, it:

  • Is comprehensive in its approach, including attention to space development, collections, programming, information and referral, parent engagement and other family supports;
  • Involves intensive and sustained professional development for children’s librarians;
  • Recognizes that all learning is interrelated and, therefore, goes beyond literacy preparation to address all aspects (social, emotional, physical and intellectual) of early childhood development;
  • Positions libraries as partners in community efforts to improve outcomes for very young children.