In response to the readiness and reading challenges facing Jefferson County, the R.J. Bailar Public Library and the Florida Institute of Education (FIE) are coming together to implement a three-year collaborative partnership designed to:
Jefferson County Literacy Alliance Goals
Goal 1: Make early literacy and reading core values in Jefferson County.
Goal 2: Raise early literacy readiness (e.g. letter and sound knowledge, phonological awareness, print concepts, and oral language) and reading achievement in Jefferson County.
Goal 3: Raise families' awareness of the importance of early literacy as the foundation for future learning and how they can support their children's early literacy growth.
2016-2017 Year I Activities
a. Planning and implementing the Jefferson County Literacy Alliance Kickoff and a strategy for keeping the community apprised of progress;
Inside the Classroom
b. Implementing ELLM/Plus, an evidence-based early literacy curriculum, in Alliance partner preschool and prekindergarten classrooms;
c. Implementing FIE Infant and Toddler curriculum in Alliance partner infant and toddler classrooms;
d. Implementing Standards-Based Educational Experiences Delivery System (SEEDS) by the Oral and Written Language (OWL) Mentors, an early literacy mentoring program, in the Alliance partner preschool and PreK classrooms;
e. Implementing the A, B, C, simple as 1, 2, 3 Family Reading Program, developed by FIE and hosted by the R. J. Bailar Public Library, held at the Opera House; Jefferson County families would be invited to become Literacy Partners by participating in a four-week family-focused storytelling experience that includes dinner, story-telling, interactive “stretch” experiences, and take-home books – all using a dual capacity-building framework (home and school) that helps families become engaged in their children’s literacy growth at home; and
f. Providing moms of new born babies with Bringing Baby Home, an easy-to-read guide to help ensure their babies thrive and learn during the first year; providing babies with their first book (for parents to read to their children).