Research and evidence based?
Parent and Family Engagement: School districts and local human services agencies have family engagement specialists that build positive relationships with parents to provide tools to engage in early literacy supports.
Home Visiting Programs: Healthy Families initiatives are proven to improve outcomes for young children and get them prepared to be successful in school and in life.
Literacy provides a context for and links to other indicators regarding childcare deserts, social emotional development
Low Cost/No Cost?
Doctors Offices sharing books (Reach out and Read)
Book delivery programs
Share importance with families of where resources are and how to access them.
YouTube videos on how to read to children? Can we strategically share videos on how to read to young children so that parents can practice at home?
Off the Wall
GIS Mapping to identify low access spaces then targeted marketing- Map the zip codes impacted by these projects and see where “literacy deserts” are to impact underserved areas of the region. Cathy’s daughter, Sophie is interested in supporting such a project. We will add resources to the google document for her to begin creating maps. It is still important for us to focus/track viable child care businesses. Can we add the list of open childcare centers on the GIS map? We must target our efforts but keep a pulse on what else is happening in the community.
“One School, One Book” – everybody on the Peninsula reading the same book via a coordinated effort to encourage across partner agencies marketing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_City_One_Book
Would area deep funders consider kick starting some child care sites? Would people step up to talk about employer based child care?
Information and research agenda
Map where are all the Little Free Libraries and overlay it with literacy deserts, library locations and DPIL participant zip codes
Peninsula READS – adult literacy potential support in the future.
HS facilities do not have a library that kids can check out books and take home. Future strategy could look like us mitigating that barrier. Similar to “Make Way for Books” in AZ https://makewayforbooks.org/ - child care/HS sites with book libraries. Corporate funders like Family Dollar and others fund these sorts of projects.
A common drive to store data, info on programs – ZoHo Connect – piloting and it has a common drive capability. In the mean time, we will use this google document to share data and other important reading materials. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dIMyEry1omh2IbTy9t94c2e5e8TGcUEpGtSduUEStM/edit?usp=sharing