[kids-lib] Early literacy project coordinator job opportunity

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Thu Feb 21 08:29:24 PST 2013

Reminder... applications are due next week!

From: Katie Anderson
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2013 1:25 PM
To: (reading-for-healthy-families at listsmart.osl.state.or.us<mailto:reading-for-healthy-families at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>)
Subject: Early literacy project coordinator job opportunity

Hello! I'm very excited to announce the attached job opportunity for the project coordinator of Ready to Learn, a northeastern Oregon early literacy pilot project which builds on Reading for Healthy Families and supports the Early Learning Councils kindergarten readiness goals and the Governor's 40-40-20 plan.

Applications due February 27, 2013.

Questions? Contact Wendy Simer at wendy.simer at imesd.k12.or.us<mailto:wendy.simer at imesd.k12.or.us>.

Scope of Work:
This project will combine resources from public libraries, public education, Oregon State Treasury and multiple community and business partners to focus on the goal of kindergarten readiness. The scope of work includes providing overall project coordination in fulfillment of the Grant objectives; organizational and administrative assistance to the Project Team and Work Groups; selection and coordination of Field Staff; report writing; developing content for early learning newsletters; supplemental grant writing; and implementing a project marketing campaign.

Project Ready to Learn (brief description):
This pilot program will be run by a coalition of public libraries and partners in a five-county area
of rural Eastern Oregon. It will (1) incentivize and improve pre-kindergarten readiness while
establishing planning for college as a fundamental part of early learning and (2) provide
measurable data on the impact that public library visitation, borrowing, and children's program
attendance has on a child's early literacy development. A "Ready to Learn Card" will be issued
to parents of children from birth through age five in a process similar to getting a library card.
This process will also create an Oregon College Savings Plan account in the child's name. Each
time the card is used in a library activity such as to check out materials or attend a story program,
$0.02 will be credited for deposit in the child's Oregon College Savings Plan account. At entry
into kindergarten, all children will take a standardized, kindergarten readiness assessment. An
amalgamation of results from Ready to Learn participants will be compared against nonparticipants
to determine the program's impact. This project directly addresses the new p-20
seamless education goals of Oregon by connecting the dots between two points in the
educational continuum where efforts have been shown to yield the strongest positive results and
return on investment: pre-kindergarten readiness and entry into college.

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

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