Dorothy Stoltz, Elaine Czarnecki, and Connie Wilson will present their paper, “Emergent Literacy Training Assessment Project (ELTAP)” in session 3E. You can read their abstract here.
1) What do you hope people gain from your presentation and/or panel? Everyone has a stake in the success of our children. Research shows that starting school ready to learn is key for their success. Public libraries/librarians can be key assets for parents and caregivers to help children birth to age five develop essential school readiness skills and behaviors. Learning begins at birth. Social/emotional development lays the foundation for cognitive learning, especially in language and literacy. The first five years of a child’s life offer critical windows of opportunity for social, emotional and cognitive development. There are simple ways information can be meaningfully transferred to and utilized by primary caregivers as demonstrated in our scientific research project.
2) Are there one or two articles or websites you think attendees would benefit from reading before attending your session?
Every Child Was Ready To Learn, Public Libraries, May/June 2008. Role of Public Libraries, Zero to Three. Zero to Three has an excellent early brain development section on its website, http://www.zerotothree.org/
3) What do you enjoy most about presenting to a crowd with such broad interests (practitioners, researchers, students, librarians, archivists, info tech, etc)? We appreciate having an opportunity to encourage this diverse audience to think of public library services and programs to young children as an exciting topic for research.
4) How did you get interested or develop this research topic/project or panel topic? As public libraries became increasingly cognizant of using research-based best practices in storytimes and programs for young children, we discovered a dearth of public library research. The Maryland Division of Library Services and Development and public library administrators began to encourage Maryland librarians to find ways to conduct research. Dorothy Stoltz was inspired by the idea, formed a project team, and secured an LSTA grant to conduct the study.
5) If you have collaborated on your research or project, how has that collaboration assisted and possibly changed the development of your work? Collaborating as a team – an outreach librarian, reading specialist, and emergent literacy trainer – increased the quality level of the training program and research study by bringing together different skills, perspectives, and creative ideas. Collaborating with child care professionals, parents, the school system, and early childhood organizations increased the quality of the project by pooling resources, such as recruitment of participants. Our library has gained in reputation as a source for helping children become ready for school. Community partners and funding sources have collaborated more and contributed cash to help several library projects due to statistically significant study results. Other libraries in Maryland, Ohio, California, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Washington are adapting and/or replicating the training program. Pierce County (Tacoma), Washington, is replicating the two-year study in partnership with the University of Washington.