BUILD/IMLS Partnership

Supporting Communities through Museums and Libraries

Leaders from museums and libraries share the desire of early childhood leaders to create high quality early learning opportunities for children. Many state-level efforts aimed at supporting young children's growth and development focus narrowly on formal institutions of learning and health promotion, such as pre-kindergarten, K-12 education, and the public health system. But children live in and are most significantly shaped by family and community. Museums and libraries serve families and are valuable community assets. BUILD and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) are partnering in a year-long effort to better integrate museums and libraries into statewide early childhood systems.

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  • Click here for information related to the Looping in Museums and Libraries to Early Care and Education System Building through QRIS breakout session during the 2014 QRIS National Meeting.

September 2 Webinar: BUILDing Partnerships for Supportive Communities: Tapping the Power of Libraries and Museums

Leaders from libraries and museums share the desire of early childhood state systems’ leaders to create high quality early learning opportunities for children. Children live in, and are most significantly shaped by, families and communities. Libraries and museums serve families and are significant assets of the community. Clara Bohrer (West Bloomfield Township Public Library), Bob Dean (Grand Rapids Children's Museum), Mel Drumm (Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum), Tonya Mathews (Michigan Science Center), and Karren Reish (Michigan State Library) provided insight and specific examples from Michigan’s system of libraries and museums.

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August 4 Webinar: BUILDing Partnerships for Supportive Communities: Expanding the Reach of Early Learning and Development Systems through Libraries and Museums

BUILD hosted a conversation with state leaders about the scope, roles, and functions of state early learning and development systems and discussed how to strengthen and work with museums and libraries in intentionally supporting the growth and development of young children with high needs and their families and caregivers. Char Goodreau, the QRIS Administrator for the Washington State Department of Early Learning, provided a specific state example. 

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July 16 Webinar: BUILDing Partnerships for Supportive Communities: Tapping The Power of Libraries and Museums

Museums and libraries are strong anchors in many communities, providing rich content, a focus on learning and equitable access to knowledge. And, as they can also offer high quality early learning and development opportunities for children and adults, they can be important partners for early childhood systems builders.   

During the second in a series of webinars designed to share information on potential benefits of partnerships between early childhood leaders and museums and libraries, presenter Susan Hildreth (Director of the Institute of Museums and Library Services) discussed how museums and libraries can be learning resource centers for young children and their families and caregivers.

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July 9 Webinar: Partnering with Libraries and Museums - Innovative Early Learning Partnerships and Strategies

Children are most significantly shaped by family and community and, as research indicates, need positive early learning experiences to support long-term success in education and life. Museums and libraries, with their aim to create high quality early learning opportunities for children in the context of family and community, can play a significant role in this outcome. As trusted, accessible community institutions with regular early literacy programming for children and caregivers, we know that public libraries, in particular, can impact children in their early learning years. Until very recently, a burning question has been – to what extent? 

Tools and methodologies were piloted in collaboration with the Washington State Library, leveraging strategic connections to local library systems, state government, and Washington-based early learning organizations and standards, during 2009-2014. Presenters Chrystie Hill and Diane Hutchins explored the answers to the question: Can we empower all staff working with young children to consider and advance the approach?

See the PowerPoint (in PDF format) that accompanied the webinar.

Listen to the recording of the webinar.