Study Calls for Librarians to Give Parents, Teachers Selection Map to Quality Reads
Despite heightened public awareness of preschool children’s need for quality reading-readiness experiences and a booming retail market for children’s books, a new national study has found that youngsters under 5 are still not receiving adequate reading-readiness experiences at home or in daycare. Among the remedies recommended by “Access for All: Closing the Book Gap for Children in Early Childhood” is a partnership between ALA, parent and early-childhood groups, and the Association of American Publishers to develop guidelines that parents, childcare providers, and state agencies can use in building quality pre-K book collections.
Study author Susan Neuman, an early-literacy-development specialist on the faculty of Temple University in Philadelphia, also called for Head Start funding boosts to spur book purchases. “Without significant public support for needed books and professional development for teachers, children from low-income families will continue to bear the brunt of this literacy gap,” she told U.S. Newswire June 2.
Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Heinz Endowments, and the Institute for Civil Society, the “Access for All” study will be released in its entirety in the fall.
Posted June 12, 2000.