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Build Initiative logoIMLS and the BUILD Initiative

Leaders from museums and libraries share the desire of early childhood leaders to create high quality early learning opportunities for children. Many state-level efforts aimed at supporting young children's growth and development focus narrowly on formal institutions of learning and health promotion, such as pre-kindergarten, K-12 education, and the public health system. But children live in and are most significantly shaped by family and community. Museums and libraries serve families and are valuable community assets. BUILD and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) are partnering in a year-long effort to better integrate museums and libraries into statewide early childhood systems.

Read more about this partnership here.

BUILD Initiative content on the IMLS website:
Webinar for Libraries and Museums on Integrating Early Learning Activities with State Systems

July 28, 2014 01:55 PM
The August 4th webinar will provide an overview of the state systems of early learning and describe how museums and libraries can align their early learning activities with these systems. Read More

IMLS Announces New Awards to Strengthen Early Learning Activities at Libraries and Museums

July 11, 2014 11:15 AM
Three awards, totaling $771,854, will help involve libraries and museums in state-level and systems-level early learning strategies. Read More

Blog Post: Integrating Libraries and Museums in State-Level Early Learning Strategies

August 19, 2014 01:46 PM
Learn more about how IMLS is partnering with the BUILD Initiative to meet critical early learning needs Read More