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Early Learning

Museums and libraries have special roles in meeting the needs of the youngest learners and their caregivers.

Available Now: Growing Young Minds
The Growing Young Minds report, from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the Institute of Museum and Library Services calls upon policymakers, practitioners, and parents to make full use of libraries and museums, and the skills and talents of those who work in them, to close knowledge and opportunity gaps and give all children a strong start in learning.

Read full report (PDF, 1.7MB)
Cover of Growing Young Minds

Read Executive Summary (PDF, 0.8MB)
cover of Executive Summary

Learn more about our partnership with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

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Partnership:
Head Start, Child Care, and Public Libraries
This partnership between IMLS and the HHS Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Head Start and Office of Child Care encourages collaboration between early childhood programs and public libraries to help meet the educational needs of young children and their families.

Let's Move logoNational Initiative: Let's Move! Museums & Gardens
This new national initiative will provide opportunities for millions of museum and garden visitors to learn about healthy food choices and promote physical activity through interactive exhibits and programs.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen early learning (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

Early learning content on the IMLS website:
A young boy climbing a rock wall.
Blog Post: The Strong Museum Hosts Fit Kids Day

April 23, 2015 01:54 PM
Nearly 5,000 museum guests went to The Strong to participate in physical activities, learn about healthy eating, and discover the long-term benefits of staying fit. Read More

 
Jessica Ford and Connie Jones
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Mid-Continent Public Library

April 17, 2015 02:42 PM
At Mid-Continent Public Library, Connie Jones talks to colleague Jessica Ford, a former student at the Kansas City Elementary School where Connie was the librarian. Read More

 
Children doing the yoga bridge pose
Blog Post: Embarking on a Yogic Adventure at The Magic House

April 15, 2015 11:40 AM
A seven-week program at The Magic House, St. Louis Children’ Museum, combined child-friendly yoga activities with art programming for adults and children to engage in physical exercise and enjoy special bonding time. Read More

 
Girl holding cabbage at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Blog Post: Museums and Gardens Across the Country Join the Let’s Move! Initiative

March 24, 2015 03:08 PM
IMLS celebrates the 5th Anniversary of Let’s Move! with a look back on Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens. Read More

 
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Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

January 27, 2015 11:12 AM
Van Whaley and his ten-year-old daughter Ivy talk about their favorite things to do at the Las Vegas-Clark County libraries. Read More