You may know that St. Louis Public Library (SLPL) reaches thousands of children each year through our Library locations, but did you know we have a specialized team who brings literacy services directly to daycares, preschools and childcare centers across the city?
SLPL’s Early Childhood Outreach Team (ECOT) deliver library books, presents storytimes and engages classrooms in enrichment activities at over 50 locations each month. ECOT staff are all full-time SLPL employees with child development training and the services provided reflect research-based methods for building literacy skills with pre-K children.
Jane Lambert has devoted over 20 years to promoting early childhood literacy in St. Louis through her work as a Youth Services Provider for Central's Children’s Library and now as the Early Childhood Outreach Team Leader.
In addition to bringing storytimes and books to children, Jane and her team work with teachers to ensure they have access to any resources needed to continue building literacy skills with their students each day.
“We’re giving the teachers materials and direction and support for their curriculum needs,” Jane says.
The response to this program has been strong and the number of childcare centers and preschools visited each month is steadily growing. ECOT staff also coordinate with local hospitals and clinics to deliver Born to Read bags for newborns throughout St. Louis.
“Seeing the direct impact that this program has is very rewarding,” says Jane. “It’s a big responsibility, but we’re proud to do it.”
Generous gifts from friends of SLPL and support from the Dana Brown Charitable Trust make it possible for SLPL’s amazing Early Childhood Outreach Team to bring crucial literacy resources to our city’s children. Thank you for your support!
Did you catch Bill Stephens from our Early Childhood Outreach Team, on FOX 2 News? Check out the video below to hear more about the team and the work they do: