Bringing Early Math to Libraries: Resources and Programs to Support Families with Children 0 – 5
When young children develop early math knowledge, it benefits their later reading success. To support caregivers of children ages 0 – 5 in growing these skills, Sacramento Public Library began a multi-faced effort to infuse early math into early learning initiatives.
Participants will learn why a focus on early math in libraries is important, how to integrate early math ideas into learning experiences, including book and song ideas for storytime and effective materials for play-based engagement. We will also discuss strategies for training staff and communicating the value of early math within the community.
Nate Halsan, MLIS, is the Early Learning Specialist for the Sacramento Public Library. He supports staff throughout the system's 28 branches in their work with families with young children, develops and implements system-wide early learning initiatives, and provides staff training in storytime and play-based programming.