Library Museum Study Release

The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development (ECD) promotes a joint approach to improving the availability of high quality early learning and development programs. We are made up of the Office of Head Start, the Office of Child Care, and the Interagency Team.

The Early Childhood Office also works with other federal agencies, state and tribal councils and administrators, and a wide range of national organizations and non-profit partners. These interagency, collaborative programs and communications help ensure a complete and integrated approach to improving the nation’s childhood learning and development. 

Parents, business and civic leaders, researchers and policy makers have called for quality early education and summer learning opportunities to ensure more children learn to read proficiently. A new report from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, together with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, demonstrates that libraries and museums are part of the solution. Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners, citing dozens of examples and 10 case studies, highlights 10 key ways libraries and museums are supporting young children. It provides a clear call to policymakers, schools, funders, and parents to include these overlooked but valued community institutions in comprehensive early learning strategies.

On Thursday, June 20th at 10:30 am at the Anacostia Library in Washington, DC, the new report will be released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

Speakers will include:

  • Deb Delisle, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S Department of Education
  • Richard Gonzales, Senior Advisor for Early Childhood Development U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Ralph Smith, Managing Director, Campaign for Grade Level Reading
  • Susan H. Hildreth, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Service

“High-quality early learning is about the whole child and the whole family, and libraries and museums play an important role in this work. As a nationwide resource, museums and libraries offer an expanding list of collaborative opportunities that parents, providers, teachers and other early learning stakeholders would do well to learn about. In my experience as an early childhood educator, libraries and museums were always important resources for children whose learning I was attempting to stimulate. I have come to discover that what exists now far exceeds what museums and libraries used to offer. If you have not recently worked with your local museums or libraries, I encourage you to do so quickly and often,” said Richard Gonzales.

The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development is pleased to participate in this collaborative effort.

To attend this event, please R.S.V.P to Melissa Heintz, mheintz@imls.gov.

Please visit Early Childhood Development for additional information and resources.

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