Date: Jul 6th, 2011
NEW PARTNERSHIP MAKES CHILD CARE RESOURCES AVAILABLE STATEWIDE
(St. Paul, MN) - Resources for Child Caring and the St. Paul Public Library announce a partnership that makes a treasured resource available to Minnesotans statewide.
Resources for Child Caring is home to a unique library collection dedicated to the early childhood field, the Debra S. Fish Early Childhood Library. Since 1997, the Debra S. Fish Library at Resources for Child Caring in St. Paul has been an invaluable resource for early childhood professionals, families, and others who care about children. But until now, visitors have had to be physically present to check out materials, or request them by mail.
Because of the new partnership, unique early childhood resources are now available everywhere throughout the State of Minnesota to anyone with a Minnesota library card. The collection is part of the St. Paul Public Library system's catalogue and the statewide virtual library, MnLINK at https://www.mnlinkgateway.org, enabling patrons to peruse the collection online and request materials be delivered to their local library.
"It's important for parents and care givers to have access to this new special collection of child caring resources," said Kit Hadley, Director of the Saint Paul Public Library. "This new library collection provides more resources to help ensure that children are ready for kindergarten."
The Debra S. Fish Library contains over 4,000 exceptional early childhood materials for adults on early childhood care and education. They are designed to assist in providing a stimulating, child-centered curriculum based on sound theory. The agency's publishing division, Redleaf Press, is represented in the collection, as are many other materials, such as training DVDs; curriculum and materials approved by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Parent Aware, and others; story kits; business resources for child care professionals; books on parenting, child development, and early literacy; Shaken Baby Syndrome and SIDS materials required for certification, and much more. Many of the resources are available in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, and other languages.
"This partnership will make a difference for many in the community who had to travel far for materials," remarks RCC's executive director, Barbara Yates. "Quality early childhood education is the very best way to ensure that children have a successful start to life, and we are delighted that people throughout the state can make full use of the excellent resources in the Debra S. Fish Library!"
The library is one of many services provided by Resources for Child Caring, a not-for-profit agency. Since 1971, RCC has been a source of professional development for early childhood providers, and support to parents. The agency's commitment to quality early childhood education and experiences drives all its efforts to ensure that children are ready for kindergarten and their school years ahead. The Redleaf Press division is a leading national publisher of award-winning books on every aspect of the early childhood field.
Free statewide access to the Debra S. Fish Library collection at Resources for Child Caring is made possible through a partnership with the Saint Paul Public Library, support from the Mardag Foundation, and a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a Federal agency, in conjunction with State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education.
The Debra S. Fish Library at Resources for Child Caring:
10 Yorkton Ct. 2021 East Hennepin, Suite 250
St. Paul MN 55117 Minneapolis MN 55413
Online at: www.resourcesforchildcaring.org/library and through your local library