Early Literacy - Parents and Caregivers

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Play, talk, sing, read togetherWith simple and positive interactions surrounding books, songs, rhymes, and conversation, you nurture your child’s interest in learning, language, and life. You are essential to your child’s social and emotional readiness for kindergarten and reading. It’s never too early or too late to start!

The library is your best resource to support you as your child’s first and most important teacher. It is here that you will find an abundance of picture stories, educational resources, storytimes, and the expertise of your local children’s librarian. The library can serve as your child’s first classroom.

Using the Library

  • Get free library cards for you and your child.
  • Check out books, music, and more to enjoy at home.
  • Attend free storytimes.
  • Find out where the board books and picture stories are.
  • Play and explore the “Play To Learn” areas.
  • Visit your library often!

Especially For Early Childhood Educators

  • Get a free library card.
  • Ask the children’s librarian for suggested materials to support your curriculum.
  • Use the online library catalog to reserve books and other materials.
  • Check out books, music, and more for your center.
  • Talk to the children’s librarian about programs and services for your group.
  • Invite the children’s librarian to visit your center for storytime, a family literacy event, or a parent meeting.
  • Attend an ECE Workshop at the library.

ECE Workshop Series

Do you work with children ages birth to five in a childcare or family day care center in San Francisco? If so, you are invited to participate in this free series of professional development trainings. Contact Rebecca Alcala-Veraflor, Early Literacy Coordinator, rebecca.alcala@sfpl.org for the current schedule.

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