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Webinar for Libraries and Museums on Integrating Early Learning Activities with State Systems

July 28, 2014


IMLS Press Contact
Giuliana Bullard,

Webinar for Libraries and Museums on Integrating Early Learning Activities with State Systems

Join IMLS and the BUILD Initiative on August 4, 2:00 P.M. Eastern

Washington, DC—The early learning and development systems of many states are making exciting progress to meet the needs of young children and their families. Many of these efforts have not included museums and libraries within the core of early childhood systems work. IMLS and the BUILD Initiative will present a free webinar providing an overview of the state systems of early learning and how libraries and museums can align their early learning activities with these systems on August 4, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT. The registration link is:

Sherri Killins, BUILD’s Director of State System Alignment and Integration, will moderate and lead a conversation about the scope, roles, and functions of state early learning and development systems. She will be joined by Char Goodreau, QRIS Administrator for the Washington State Department of Early Learning, to discuss how state early childhood leaders can strengthen the work of museums and libraries in intentionally supporting the growth and development of young children with high needs and their families and caregivers.

BUILD and IMLS will collaborate over the coming year to create deliberate connections between the efforts of museums and libraries and those of early childhood systems builders to support the growth and development of children from birth to age eight with an emphasis on children from birth to age five. The August 4 webinar is the third in a series of webinars to share information about the potential benefits of partnerships between early childhood leaders and museums and libraries.

Title: BUILDing Partnerships for Supportive Communities: Expanding the Reach of Early Learning and Development Systems through Libraries and Museums

Date: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT (1 hour 30 minutes)

Registration link:

Webinar Archive link:

Sherri Killins is the former commissioner of early education and care for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Under her leadership, Massachusetts secured the Race to The Top – Early Learning Challenge to provide financial resources to accelerate the work already under way in Massachusetts.  Sherri is known for crossing organizational boundaries to create a child development lens on the work of informal organizations as well as within other state agencies, including public health and housing. She has worked as an advocate for children and families in a variety of ways for more than 25 years. She has been a provider of direct care and has served in leadership roles on issues relating to children and families. 

Char Goodreau is the QRIS Administrator for the Washington State Department of Early Learning.  During her 15 years in the field, Char had the opportunity to work in virtually every position in a child care facility starting as an assistant teacher and eventually working her way up to director. Char also served as the Early Education Director for the Seattle Children’s Museum and as the Professional Development Manager at the Department of Early Learning.

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