University of Kentucky
Log Number: LG-246297-OLS-20
The University of Kentucky will research the value of libraries as community resources for young children with disabilities and developmental delays. In collaboration with The University of Missouri and Emporia State University, and in partnership with state education and library agencies in Kentucky, Missouri, and Kansas, the project team will investigate the effectiveness of library services, practices, and behaviors for serving children with disabilities and/or developmental delays from infancy to five years old. The team will also develop webinars and instructional materials l that address program management, engagement strategies, and tools that enable librarians to tailor programs and services that better meet the needs of this community. Anticipated outcomes include increased public library programming; improved public library outreach to preschools serving children with disabilities and developmental delays; and increased awareness among families, caregivers, and service providers of educational and social opportunities available through public libraries.