Research on the Impact of ECRR

New research results on ECRR are ready to share! Below is the press release regarding this information, as well as a plug for the presentation at this year's PLA, which will be taking place in Denver.

More than ten years ago, PLA and partner ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) launched Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR), an evidence-based parent education initiative. Through ECRR training and resources there has been a field-wide shift in early literacy programming in libraries, with a focus on using ECRR to engage, educate, and empower parents to help their children become ready to read. From the beginning, PLA/ALSC have continually assessed and improved the program. Research conducted in 2008 measured the impact of ECRR on the library field, which yielded positive results for the goal of educating parents and caregivers at libraries and through outreach. Research results were also used to produce the 2nd edition of ECRR, which features updated, expanded, and more flexible curriculum.

A second research effort is on-going, funded in part by an IMLS grant. It will quantitatively measure the impact of ECRR on parent behavior. Preliminary findings are pointing to the impact that implementing ECRR has had on the ongoing literacy behaviors of adults including the librarians themselves. Especially promising results are being shown for families who are English Language Learners (ELLs). To learn more about the research and the program, PLA/ALSC have posted two articles written by the researchers, “Libraries Emerging As Leaders in Parent Engagement” and “Libraries at the Ready,” by Donna Celano and Susan B. Neuman. Please note that due to copyright restrictions, the second article will require an ALA member login and password.

Learn more at the PLA Conference

Attending the PLA Conference in Denver? Learn more about the research results at the program presentation by Dr. Neuman on April 8. Final research results will be available in late 2016.

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