It is estimated that family, friends, and neighbors care for 7 million children under the age of 5 in their homes each day, making it the most prevalent form of regular, nonparental childcare.
Caring for the children of family, friends or neighbors is very important work and your library can be a partner in this effort.
Public libraries can be a great support to these caregivers, especially with pre-reading and other learning resources. The Arizona State Library has organized a team of library professionals to present hands-on educational workshops for nonparental caregivers, hosted in rural public libraries. Here are the scheduled workshops for August.
Date Library County
Aug 10 Page Public Library Coconino
Aug 13 Coolidge Public Library Pinal
Aug 16 Globe Public Library Gila
Aug 17 Pima Public Library Graham
Aug 18 Show Low Public Library Navajo
Aug 19 St. Johns Public Library Apache
Throughout the day there are dozens of things caregivers do with children that may not seem like learning opportunities, but learning can happen anytime and anywhere!
In these free workshops, participants will explore how to make daily routines more exciting and educational by simply talking, singing, and playing.
Participants will receive a free activity kit and books to take home. Please contact the hosting library to sign up and learn more.
This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum & Library Services.