[TL-Directors] Community Based Coordinators of Early Learning - UPDATE

MaryKay Dahlgreen marykay.dahlgreen at state.or.us
Mon Feb 11 14:01:19 PST 2013

Dear Library Directors:

As most of you know, there is a lot going on in Oregon relating to education, especially early learning. The Early Learning Council has submitted a report<http://www.oregon.gov/gov/docs/OEIB/HUBLeg.pdf> to the Legislature on the process, characteristics, timeline and general roadmap for Hub Implementation.

While this is mostly targeted to public library directors I am sending it to all directors because we all have an interest in the Governor's education initiative.

I believe now is the time that public libraries should be talking with early learning providers in their communities to learn about the activities that are taking place around developing early learning hubs. Katie Anderson, our youth services consultant, and I are tracking this process very closely and would be happy to talk with you about it. Katie is very engaged with the early learning community at the state level and can provide you with information about state level activities and how they relate locally.

Public libraries have been in the early learning business for a long time and OSL has a history of promoting and providing early literacy support for libraries, from the Ready to Read grant to the recently completed Reading for Healthy Families project. For a brief history of libraries and early literacy in Oregon I would direct you to my last four blog posts Snippets From the State Librarian.

I am very excited about the Governor's education priorities and believe that libraries will continue and improve on our current ability to be an essential resource for all Oregon children and their families

MaryKay Dahlgreen
State Librarian
Oregon State Library
marykay.dahlgreen at state.or.us

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