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Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit

Welcome to the Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit! These research-backed resources were created for librarians to help families prepare children ages 0 to 8 for success in school and in life. This toolkit is completely downloadable, printable.

Getting Started

Watch our webinars for an overview of the different components of the toolkit and how to make the most of the resources provided.

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Reimagining School Readiness Position Paper

Based on a comprehensive review of cognitive and developmental psychology, this position paper identifies the skills and conditions that matter most for a child’s success in school and life. It is a resource for librarians, educators, and families, among others, to create supportive learning experiences and environments.

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Promising Practices Booklet

Promising Practices Guide

This guide includes practical tips and implementation strategies aimed at making the research on school readiness actionable for library staff. It is the result of a collaborative development process with six libraries throughout California.

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Case Studies

Two case studies showcase how different libraries in California implemented the research from the position paper and strategies from the Promising Practices guide into their staff development and library programming.

Fowler Branch, Fresno County Public Library View Case Study
Ovitt Family Community Library, City of Ontario View Case Study


These double-sided bookmarks (available in six languages) contain tips for families to try outside the library, and an explanation of the associated skill from the Promising Practices guide.

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“Time to Try” Math Activities

These resources (available in six languages) showcase math in everyday life, in and around the library. They come in two formats: signs and notecards.

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This flyer (available in six languages) introduces families to the essential skills outlined in the Promising Practices guide and includes tips to try at home.

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"Family Conversation Starters" poster

This poster (available in six languages) provides inspiration for conversation starters that encourage children to think more creatively.

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Social Media and Text Messages

These resources (available in six languages) give practical tips for families and can be used as a series of social media posts or text messages.

Social Media Posts
Text Messages

Program Survey

This program survey (available in six languages) is intended for library staff to use to evaluate their programs and gain feedback about their school readiness work.

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Talking Points:

Facilitating Communication between Libraries and School Districts

These talking points will support library staff as they prepare to collaborate with their local school districts doing school readiness work in their communities.

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Creative Summer Learning Experiences: A Practical Guide for Libraries This guide was created in partnership with the Summer at Your Library Project of the California Library Association and contains a framework for building creative learning environments as well as exemplars from libraries throughout the state.

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Creativity Catapult Creativity Catapult is a research-backed, expert-curated collection of activities that promote creative problem-solving skills.

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Resources for Promoting Childhood Creativity through Libraries This resource packet includes a summary of the best research-backed approaches to promoting creativity in children and a curated collection of favorite creativity-related activities selected by library educators.

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We would love to hear from you!

Please contact with any specific feedback or to let us know how you are using this toolkit.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.


Resources found on this page are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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