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June 3, 2014 > Libraries receive grant to enhance ChildrenÕs Area

Libraries receive grant to enhance ChildrenÕs Area

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa

The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) was awarded an Early Learning with Families (ELF 2.0) grant for its efforts to further promote play in early education and enhance library services to the very youngest of its community members. The $6,600 ELF 2.0 grant will be used to purchase supplies and equipment for each of the eight SCCLD community libraries to support the development of literacy rich environments.

Foundations for these developmental milestones are established during the first five years of life. Success and growth in these areas are closely linked to a childÕs earliest experiences with words, books and stories. The brain of a child between 0 and 5 is continuously forming new neural connections Ð as many as 700 per second, according to the Early Learning with Families California initiative (ELF 2.0) These connections form the foundation for early learning, readiness for school and ultimately increase their potential for educational and career success in later years.

ÒThe ChildrenÕs areas are among the busiest spaces in our libraries. Story times are often filled to capacity and our special programs earmarked towards the very youngest child are always extremely well received,Ó said Gail Mason, SCCLD Library Services Manager for Collection Development and Reading Services. ÒOur libraries are helping parents and caregivers prepare their children for the future by offering high-quality, early learning experiences through a variety of activities.Ó

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