Planning Programs and Services for Toddlers and Preschoolers eCourse

Planning Programs and Services for Toddlers and Preschoolers eCourse

You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourse by following the instructions contained in the PDF download that accompanies your purchase. The download can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your account. Select "My Account" and then select the "Files" tab to see all of your digital downloads.

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$ 157.50
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From:  October 8, 2018
To:  November 4, 2018
Delivery Method: 
Attendance Cert.
4 weeks
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
24 Hours
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How can you offer the best programs, collections, and services possible to the toddlers and preschoolers (ages 2-5 years old) that come into your library? Whether you are new to the profession, planning your first toddler storytime, considering programming beyond storytime, or looking to refresh your collection, this eCourse will help you build the foundation to better serve toddlers and preschoolers.

After laying the groundwork for developmentally appropriate practice, this course offers you strategies and ideas for providing outstanding services to families with young children. In four weeks, you’ll review relevant child development theory and learn how to apply it to your services; design a storytime plan that you can implement immediately; develop a library program for toddlers and/or preschoolers that goes beyond storytime; and learn practical techniques that will help you analyze your current collection.

After participating in this course, you will know the

  • Essentials of development and literacy tools for children ages 2-5
  • Best practices for running programs for 2-5 year-olds
  • Fundamentals of developing a collection for toddlers and preschoolers

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on October 8, 2018. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to

  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructor Brooke Newberry will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 4-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.

User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

Bulk Orders

This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Week 1: Child Development

  • Overviews of toddler and preschool development.
  • Applying this knowledge to their current programs or spaces.

Week 2: Storytime

  • Analyze your current storytime offerings if they are currently facilitating them.
  • How to employ developmentally appropriate tips and guidelines in creating storytime outlines.
  • Design a storytime plan for immediate use in a library.

Week 3: Beyond Storytime

  • Develop one non-storytime offering from the lecture for immediate use in the library.
  • Analyze library programming and identify where stronger programming for toddlers and preschoolers could exist.
  • Review program ideas from classmates.

Week 4: Collection Development

  • Analyze your current collection and identify weaknesses in your picture books, board books, and nonfiction.
  • Examine an assortment of different reviews and picture book offerings.

Brooke Newberry

Brooke Newberry holds a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Indiana University, and is the Collaborative Consultant for the Winding Rivers Library System (West Salem, WI). She currently teaches a course dedicated to serving babies in the library, previously was the Early Literacy Librarian at the La Crosse (WI) Public Library, served as chair for the Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee for the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC), and co-wrote the Collaborative Summer Library Program Early Literacy Manual for three years.

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