Museums and libraries have special roles in meeting the needs of the youngest learners and their caregivers.
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.
National 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:
April 21, 2014 03:59 PM
IMLS Senior Statistician Deanne W. Swan highlights findings that show the educational benefits of museum visits for kindergarten children.
April 2, 2014 02:18 PM
Director Hildreth recognizes volunteer efforts in museums and libraries in honor of National Volunteer Week.
January 30, 2014 08:32 AM
For more than 50 years, the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) has been the backbone of federal support for libraries in America. IMLS interviewed the New York state librarian about how New York uses federal funds and how the needs of library users in the state are changing.
January 8, 2014 02:52 PM
An early learning program of the North Carolina State Library, funded by an IMLS National Leadership Grant, is helping children from birth to 5 years old read at grade-level.
A new public library initiative in Wisconsin aims to support caregivers of young children with information about early literacy.