This blog was originally published on July 24, 2013.
Libraries and museums can engage, teach and delight children. But too often these institutions are not part of the policy conversation about early education.
A new report – “Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners” – calls for tapping and investing in more of the strengths and knowledge of these vibrant institutions.
“Libraries and museums can play a stronger role in early learning for all children,” the report says. “As our nation commits to early learning as a national priority essential to our economic and civic future, it is time to become more intentional about deploying these vital community resources to this challenge.”
The report comes from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
The nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums have 10 key strengths, according to the report, among them:
- Museums and libraries provide high-quality, easily accessed early education programs that engage and support parents in being their children’s first teachers. (more…)