[kids-lib] Vroom statewide early learning partnership--find out what you can do!

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Tue Oct 27 15:27:13 PDT 2015

The State of Oregon has a partnership with Vroom<http://www.joinvroom.org/>. The Oregon Department of Education's Early Learning Division is piloting Vroom outreach campaigns with these early learning partners<http://oregonearlylearning.com/vroom/> throughout the state. However, Vroom is free and available statewide already so you can use it now!

What can you do with Vroom?


*         Know what Vroom is<http://www.joinvroom.org/> so you're informed about what is going on and aren't blind-sided if someone asks you about it. Vroom is a free early literacy app for parents available for Android and Apple mobile devices. It sends parents simple real-world activities they can do with their kids during their regular routine (e.g. sorting colors while they're doing laundry), and provide a snip-it of research to explain how that activity help their child's brain development/kindergarten readiness.

*         Know that Vroom is in English and Spanish, it automatically defaults to a mobile device's primary language.

*         Try Vroom yourself! If you don't have a child, make one up to try it out. That's what I did! I learned Vroom is easy to use, and a great early learning tool for families. It only takes a couple minutes to download and register. Then you just wait to be notified once a day when your new daily activity is ready to try! After a couple days you'll figure it out well enough so then delete/uninstall the app from your phone. You'll also see how it supports and aligns with Every Child Ready to Read!

*         Link to Vroom from your library's website to inform your patrons with young children about the app. Look at Salem Public Library's website<http://www.cityofsalem.net/DEPARTMENTS/LIBRARY/EVENTSANDPROGRAMS/CHILDREN/Pages/EarlyLiteracy.aspx> for an example-Vroom is in the list of 'Additional Online Resources for Parents and Caregivers.'


*         Encourage families with young children to download the app and try it too.

*         Print Vroom promotional materials<https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fbfi4yebjin1944/AAACaRqCMHVd8Bd4J1lDM4dea?dl=0> to display and/or distribute to families with young children. The graphics/files are all free, you just have to pay for the cost of printing them. You also need to have a free DropboxTM<https://www.dropbox.com/>  account to access the files. If you are concerned about printing costs, look at the 'Low Ink Flyers' and 'Low Ink Tip Card PDFs' and determine if you can afford those. All promotional materials are in English and Spanish too.

*         Do some of the activities on 'Tip Cards' during storytimes or early literacy trainings, and then give families the cards to take with them so they can do the activity more at home. The 'Tip Cards' are available via DropboxTM<https://www.dropbox.com/>  too.

*         Write about Vroom in your library's newsletter and/or via social media. Look at Salem Public Library's Fall 2015 newsletter<http://www.cityofsalem.net/Departments/Library/EventsAndPrograms/children/Documents/Fall%202015.pdf> for an example-it's at the top of page two.

*         Share ideas and get support from staff at other libraries.


*         Demonstrate how to use Vroom to parents during an early literacy training or conversation.

*         Partner with the other libraries to share the cost of printing Vroom promotional materials and divide up the work to display and/or distribute them in your region.

*         Partner with a pilot site<http://oregonearlylearning.com/vroom/> in your library's service area on planning and implementing the Vroom pilot project in your community. Not all libraries have a pilot site, but don't let that stop you! Start a conversation with your current early learning partners about Vroom.

Hopefully this is helpful, please let me know if you have any more questions.


Katie Anderson, Youth Services Consultant
Library Support and Development Services<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/pages/index.aspx>
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
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