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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)
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Read Executive Summary (PDF, 0.8MB)
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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:
Blog Post: Museums and Libraries: Be a Part of our Brain Building Journey

November 21, 2014 03:11 PM
Families and Work Institute is gathering information on early learning best practices and innovative approaches being used in libraries and museums across the country. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Colorado State Library

November 21, 2014 10:20 AM
The state library is focusing on early literacy, including their “1,000 books by kindergarten” program. Read More

 
A child sits at a computer in a library
Blog Post: Interview: Kansas State Library

October 23, 2014 02:43 PM
Kansas State Library is focusing on digital literacy and workforce development to reduce poverty and help their residents succeed as lifelong learners. Read More

 
Kids participating in summer programming with counselors.
Blog Post: Nation’s Museums and Libraries Feed Minds and Bodies this Summer

October 1, 2014 03:24 PM
In addition to addressing summer slide, museums and libraries can work with USDA to make sure kids do not go hungry during the summer months. Read More

 
First Lady Michelle Obama presents the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to representatives from The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Blog Post: Taking Big Steps at the Museum

September 22, 2014 02:46 PM
2014 National Medal Winner The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis was the unexpected place for a young boy to reach developmental milestones. Read More