[R2R-OR] Early Learning Council Survey

Rick Samuelson ricks at wccls.org
Thu Sep 6 11:32:57 PDT 2012

Filling out the survey was very challenging, from a public library perspective.  It was obviously set up for programs that have registered participants (slots, etc.).  Much of our library use is not dependent on possession of a library card (programs, for instance).  I did not want to limit our numbers to only registered users... so I included the entire service population (which is pretty big and misleading).

I noted in the comments section that it is very unclear about where and how public libraries fit into the early learning council plans and the architecture of the form proves this point.  :(

That's just my two cents.

Rick Samuelson, Youth Services Librarian
Washington County Cooperative Library Services
(503) 648-9785 x5#
From: r2r-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us [mailto:r2r-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Katie Anderson
Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2012 9:27 AM
To: r2r-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: [R2R-OR] Early Learning Council Survey

Hello! I just received a link to a survey<https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ELCinventory> from the Early Learning Council. The purpose of this survey is to inventory "the functions of family support workers across the state in order to gather insights about supports already available to families and how those supports are shared with families." The results will help the Early Learning Council develop "an integrated and aligned system for the delivery of early learning services so that children across the state enter kindergarten ready to learn."

This survey is an opportunity to educate the Early Learning Council on how libraries support early childhood development and education and the adults who care for young children. I will warn you the survey is long (20-40 minutes depending on how thorough you want to be) and it asks several questions that may seem difficult to apply to our work as librarians. If you don't have time to take this survey, please feel free to forward it to other library colleagues not on the R2R listserv who you think may be have the time and interest. Here is the URL to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ELCinventory

You are completely at liberty to answer the survey questions however you want, but given the length of the survey I thought I'd provide a few suggestions/ideas if you want to speed things up a bit.
#5 libraries aren't listed so you'll want to check "other" and write "public library"

#12 most of the options relate specifically to casework and helping families on your caseload do certain things-libraries don't operate this way. However, at least two options likely apply: "Family Goal Planning & Skills Training" (early literacy workshops, computer use workshops, LearningExpress training, etc) and "Other Functions".

#13 What "Other Functions" do libraries provide?

?         Programming such as storytimes, puppet shows, baby boogie, etc. for children under 6 and their families.

?         Parenting education books, audio books, and DVDs

?         Resources for parents on how to help their child develop early literacy skills and get ready for kindergarten.

?         Readers' advisory and access to literacy materials for both children under 6 and their caregivers.

?         Assistance with and access to education and job development tools and resources such as test prep books, LearningExpress, resume help, etc. including computers with internet access.

Thank you,

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

From: FORD Allyson * GOV [mailto:allyson.ford at state.or.us]
Sent: Wednesday, September 05, 2012 5:43 PM
Subject: ***Input Needed: Time Sensitive*** Early Learning Council Survey
Importance: High

Dear Supervisor of Family Support Worker(s):

The Early Learning Council (ELC) is charged by statute to ensure an integrated and aligned system for the delivery of early learning services so that children across the state enter kindergarten ready to learn.

A part of this requirement involves inventorying of the functions of family support workers across the state in order to gather insights about supports already available to families and how those supports are shared with families.

To accomplish this, a survey has been created to gather information from family support workers who serve families through one or more of these functions:

?         BROKER/NAVIGATE: Acting as an agent/intermediary for families to obtain services.

?         COORDINATE: Linking existing services/gaps to ensure highest levels of efficiency and effectiveness for families.

?         REFER: Collecting information and/or completing applications for families to receive direct services.

?         FOCUSED RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPMENT with elementary schools, preschools, pediatrician offices and any other provider of early learning services where both outreach and referrals are made.

?         ADVOCATE: Promotes/supports/represents the interest of the family to the service delivery agencies/entities.

?         ASSESSMENT & INTAKE: Interview families to determine status & eligibility for services following program and supervisor guidelines.

?         FAMILY GOAL PLANNING & SKILLS TRAINING: Enhancing parents' abilities to act as primary educator for their family.

Your support is needed! Here's how you can help:

1.      Call or email Christa Rude or Allyson Ford with any questions you have about this survey

and what we are trying to accomplish.

2.      Please forward the survey link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ELCinventory) to your staff

and/or professional contacts that may be able to give insight into this important role.

3.      Please encourage all participants to complete the survey by 5:00p.m. on Thursday,

September 13.

4.      Keep in touch with us to review the report that will summarize the data we receive so you

can learn with us about how we are supporting families in the State of Oregon.

Thank you in advance for your support of this initiative. We look forward to your participation!

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Duke Shepard
Policy Advisor to Governor Kitzhaber

Jada Rupley
Early Learning System Director

Original scanned letter is attached.

Contact information for Allyson Ford & Christa Rude is below:
Christa Rude
Early Learning Service Design Manager
775 Court Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
christa.rude at state.or.us<mailto:Christa.RUDE at state.or.us>
Office: 503.373.0063
Mobile: 971.273.3838

Allyson Ford
Early Learning Council
Governor's Office
allyson.ford at state.or.us<mailto:allyson.ford at state.or.us>
Phone: 971-599-0546

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