[kids-lib] Survey results on reading to kids and library usage in childcare settings in Oregon
katie.anderson at state.or.us
Wed Aug 5 10:32:04 PDT 2009
Hello! Many of you work with Family, Friends, and Neighbor (FFN) childcare providers in your libraries or through outreach programs. These are the providers who are not licensed. They are the aunt caring for all her nieces and nephews, the person who cares for her friends' children, and the neighbor who cares for several children on the block. Some of these caregivers don't identify themselves as childcare providers, and even more don't realize there are resources available for them. These are often the childcare providers libraries have the most difficult time connecting with and providing services to.
This year the statewide Family, Friends, and Neighbors Network offered FFN providers an orientation to Employment Related Daycare and a toolkit. Approximately 764 FFN providers participated in the orientation and received a toolkit. The toolkit included many things, including children's books, early literacy information, and information about public libraries. The evaluation of the toolkit project has just been released, and it contains valuable information about reading and library usage.
My contact, Kim Cardona, at the Oregon Commission on Children and Families says: "The Employment Related Daycare orientations have proven to be very successful, and they will become mandatory in July 2010. Additional toolkits have been purchased by Oregon Commission on Children & Families and will continue to be distributed. For additional information, contact Mark Anderson, Oregon Child Care Resource & Referral Network, 503-375-2644."
Below I have copied and pasted out the findings of particular interest to libraries. The full report available online at: http://tiny.cc/tmCkF. Attached is more information about this project. Unfortunately, attachments don't always work via listservs so please let me know if you want me to email the FFN project information attachment to you directly.
These results seem to show that FFN providers know about the library, and that they increase the amount of time reading to children when provided with early literacy information and books. Unfortunately, many of them are not using the library. How can we reach out to them and either get them into the library or bring library services to them?
The percentage of caregivers who reported reading five or more times over the past week to the children they care for increased from 33% to 46%.
The percentage of caregivers who reported having 11 or more children's books in their home increased from 77% to 85%.
The percentage of caregivers who owned a library card increased slightly from 72% to 74% and the percentage who reported using the Public Library increased from 57% to 70%.
Of all the resources caregivers were aware of, they were most aware of public libraries. Please see full report to learn what other resources caregivers are aware of, and how that data compares with libraries http://tiny.cc/tmCkF.
ProgramResponse OptionAre you familiar with this program?
Pre-Survey, n=209Are you familiar with this program?
Post Survey, n=209
Of all the resources caregivers were aware of and using, public libraries were the second most used resource. The Service Employees International Union Local 503 (SEIU) was the most used resource. Please see full report to learn what other resources caregivers are using, and how the data compares with libraries http://tiny.cc/tmCkF.
ProgramResponse OptionAre you currently using this program?
Pre-Survey, n=209Are you currently using this program?
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, 503-378-2528
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