Thanks to a $15,000 federal grant through the Library Services and Technology Act, Chandler Public Library will present a 7-week school readiness program for children preparing to enter kindergarten, according to a news release.
Called “Ready, Set, Kindergarten,” the programs will give parents, caregivers and children the opportunity to participate in stories, songs and activities with new themes each week.
In this setting, parents will observe as children learn fine and gross motor skills, as well as social, emotional and academic skills.
“The Chandler Public Library is committed to supporting early literacy efforts and this grant will help us impact more children in our community,” said Library Manager Dan Lee in the news release. “We work closely with groups like ReadOn Chandler to provide literacy tips through our storytime programs and tutoring to first graders, as well.”
Parents can register their 4- or 5-year-old child for the program by visiting any Chandler Library or online at ChandlerLibrary.org.
Classes will be held at all four locations and in community locations where there is a higher need. Each class accommodates 15 children.
Grant funds will be used to purchase classroom teaching tools and books that support the learning of letters, numbers and basic concepts identified by literacy experts at the Chandler Unified School District.
In 2017, the Arizona State Library received about $3.2 million under the Library Services and Technology Act.
“Libraries are community centers that address diverse needs, including employment and economic development, civic engagement and human services,” said Secretary of State Michele Reagan in the news release. “It is an honor to assist libraries to transform to meet the needs of the community.”
To learn more about Chandler Public Library resources and programs, visit ChandlerLibrary.org.