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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:
Boy holding a book sits on the lap of his mother.
Blog Post: Reach Out and Read has a Prescription for Success

July 30, 2015 07:31 AM
Reach Out and Read has launched the Prescription for Success Toolkit, aimed at helping families benefit from museum and library services that foster literacy development in young children. Read More

 
Blog Post: Apply for a Mind in the Making Training Session on Executive Function Life Skills

July 16, 2015 08:10 AM
A training session hosted by the Families and Work Institute will share the science of early learning with professionals who work in museums and libraries. Read More

 
Children holding a butterfly in the United States Botanic Garden
Blog Post: Let's Move! Gardens are Buzzing with Pollinators

July 9, 2015 12:57 PM
Many Let’s Move! Gardens are participating in the Million Pollinator Challenge to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators. Read More

 
Representatives Steny Hoyer (left) and Mark Takano (right) enjoy the Museum of Science, Boston’s Faire activity
Blog Post: Highlighting the Power and Potential of Making

June 22, 2015 01:47 PM
The amazing world of “making” took hold of the nation’s capital this month, and IMLS played an important role organizing key festivities. Read More

 
Blog Post: Make a Difference this Summer!

June 19, 2015 12:16 PM
Museums and libraries have a role in keeping young people safe, healthy, and engaged in learning over the summer. Read More