LA County Library Early Literacy and Education

LA COUNTY LIBRARY

County Spending Category
2.5 Healthy Families
Federal Expenditure Category
Addressing Educational Disparities: Academic, Social, and Emotional Services
Project Launch Date
09/01/2022
Anticipated End Date
08/02/2024

Project Contacts

Indicators & Metrics to Date

  • Number of Students Participating in Evidence-Based Tutoring Programs
    0
  • Number of youth and parent/caregiver participants in the program
    30589
  • Number of Early Literacy programs and resources
    5735
  • Number of Early Literacy training sessions
    10
  • Number of daycare providers and preschools served
    37
  • Enrollment of students in second or third grade in Reading STARS program for at least two months
    204
  • Reading STARS program duration in months
    12
  • Total Number of Youth Served
    0
  • Number of students ages 5 to 18 will receive access to STEAM programs
    4198
  • Number of children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers prepared to engage in school readiness
    6703
  • Number of students ages 5 to 18 with exposure and increased interest in careers in STEAM
    4198
  • Number of home daycare providers with increased knowledge of early literacy concepts
    37
  • Number of STEAM kits for home daycare providers and preschool staff members
    325
  • Number of Early Literacy programs (all four programs)
    3385
  • Number of Early Literacy programs (Tranche 2 - Reading Machine)
    953
  • Number of Early Literacy Resources
    2350
  • Enrollment of students in first through third grade in Summer Tutoring Program for at least 4 weeks.
    0
  • Enrollment of students in fourth through six grade in Summer Tutoring Program for at least 4 weeks.
    0
  • Number of tutoring sessions
    0
  • Number of tutoring resources distributed
    0
  • Number of students participating in evidence-based tutoring programs
    0
  • Number of students support kits created
    0
  • Number of Youth@Work/CYBP workers placed at libraries to support Summer Tutoring Program.
    0
  • Number of library sites that will offer Summer Tutoring Program
    0

Target Populations

  • People with Disabilities
  • Systems Impacted Individuals
  • Systems Involved Individuals
  • Individuals Experiencing Mental Health Disorders
  • Individuals Experiencing Substance Use Disorders
  • People Experiencing Homelessness

Project Description

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, increased school closures and student absenteeism have negatively impacted academic achievement and contributed to gaps in education and learning loss. Now more than ever, the families and youth of LA County need Library services to reach them directly, whether in-person or through virtual modalities and spaces outside of classrooms when students cannot return to school due to closures. LA County Library's Early Literacy and Education services aim to mitigate the pandemic's negative impacts through Reading STARS, Reading Machine, MakMo, and School Readiness programs. The Library will offer these no-cost programs to LA County residents to help alleviate and address learning and educational loss, barriers to access and opportunities, gaps in educational achievement, and impacts of distance learning that have emerged or exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will direct efforts towards reaching the highest need geographic populations of LA County that the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted. These include outreach efforts and promotion in areas with students with the most significant educational achievement gaps, particularly students impacted by pandemic-induced learning and loss. Key project activities include building and improving reading proficiency in youth, children, and families; increasing access to programs that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM); increasing school readiness and academic preparedness; providing high-quality early literacy programs and curricula to youth and families; and supporting parents or caregivers in nurturing their children's academic development and success. To extend LA County Library's Early Literacy and Education services aim to mitigate the pandemic's negative impacts through offering a Summer Tutoring Program during the summer of 2024 and 2025. The project will direct efforts towards reaching high and highest need geographic populations of LA County that the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted. This includes outreach efforts and promotion in areas with students with the most significant educational achievement gaps, particularly students impacted by pandemic-induced learning and loss. Key project activities include building and improving reading and math proficiency in children and youth at up to 38 libraries.

Goals & Objectives

Goal Description -2000 children ages 2 to 5 -432 Caregivers to early literacy programs and or resources -1500 students ages 5 to 18 by providing -300 programs and or resources

Objective Description To better prepare 2000 children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers to engage in school readiness activities by providing exposure to 432 early literacy programs and resources. The 15-month program period measures Participants' progress by tracking program attendance and conducting pre- and post-surveys.

Activity Description Distribute 6000 free books to children ages 2 to 5 participating in early literacy programs at 12 library locations identified using the ARDI equity explorer in highest and high need communities.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
11 Program Outcome Number of youth and parent/caregiver participants in the program 2000.00
16 Service Delivery Number of Early Literacy programs (all four programs)
18 Service Delivery Number of Early Literacy Resources

Outcome Description • 2000 children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers will receive access to early literacy programs and resources to assist in the development of reading proficiency • 1500 students ages 5 to 18 will receive access to programs and resources that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) • 2000 children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers will be better prepared to engage in school readiness activities by receiving access to early literacy programs and resources. •1500 students ages 5 to 18 will have exposure and increased interest in careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) fields by having access to programs and resources that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
9 Program Outcome Enrollments 2000.00
32 Program Outcome Total Number of Youth Served 1100.00
33 Program Outcome Number of students ages 5 to 18 will receive access to STEAM programs 1500.00
34 Program Outcome Number of children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers prepared to engage in school readiness 2000.00
35 Program Outcome Number of students ages 5 to 18 with exposure to STEAM programs 2000.00
36 Program Outcome Number of students ages 5 to 18 with exposure and increased interest in careers in STEAM 2000.00

Goal Description -25 homebased daycare providers with early literacy concepts by providing 12 training sessions -35 home daycare providers and preschool staff members’ comfort with engaging in activities with STEM concept -44 children at their daycare centers with STEM kits 

Objective Description To improve 35 home daycare providers' and preschool staff members knowledge of early literacy concepts by providing 12 early literacy training sessions. The 15-month program period measures Participants' progress by tracking program attendance and conducting pre- and post-surveys.

Activity Description Reading Machines staff will provide 12 early literacy training sessions to 35 home daycare providers and preschool staff in communities surrounding the 12 library locations identified using the ARDI equity explorer as highest and high need.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
12 Service Delivery Number of Early Literacy training sessions 12.00
30 Service Delivery Number of daycare providers and preschools served 35.00

Outcome Description • 25 home daycare providers will have increased knowledge of early literacy concepts by participating in training sessions. •35 home daycare providers and preschool staff members will have increased comfort engaging in activities with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math concepts with children at their daycare centers by having access to 44 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) kits.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
14 Program Outcome Number of home daycare providers with increased knowledge of early literacy concepts 35.00
28 Program Outcome Number of STEAM kits for home daycare providers and preschool staff members 44.00

Goal Description -150 students entering or currently enrolled in second or third grade to increase their reading proficiency by at least one level in Reading STARS program curriculum for 2 Months.

Objective Description Increase the overall academic success of 150 students entering or currently enrolled in second or third grade who participate in the Reading STARS program for at least two months. The 15-month program period, measures Participants' progress by advancing at least one reading level, tracking their progress through program attendance, and conducting pre- and post-surveys.

Activity Description • To work with seven school districts to assess their textbook delivery system. • To partner with foundation X to purchase the textbooks. • To provide tutoring using the Reading STARS program curriculum, books, and resources for ten months at 12 library locations in highest and high need communities identified by using the ARDI equity explorer and partnering with elementary schools nearby.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
13 Program Outcome Enrollment of students in second or third grade in Reading STARS program for at least two months 150.00
29 Service Delivery Reading STARS program duration in months 15.00

Outcome Description •150 students entering or currently enrolled in second or third grade will increase their reading proficiency by at least one level in Reading STARS program curriculum by participating in literacy tutoring sessions with student tutors for at least two months.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
15 Program Outcome Enrollment of students in second or third grade in Reading STARS program for at least two months 150.00

Goal Description To provide two 4-week programs (total 8 weeks) offering tutoring in literacy and math to 1100 students grades 1-3 (4-weeks) and 1100 students 4-6 grades (4-weeks) for a total of 2200 students. Students that participate consistently in daily tutoring sessions for 4-weeks will improve their reading and math proficiency as demonstrated by pre and post tutoring assessment tests.

Objective Description Increase the overall academic success of up to 2200 students entering or currently enrolled in first through sixth grade who participate in the Summer Tutoring program for at least four weeks. The 4-week program period, measures participants' progress by tracking their progress through program attendance and conducting pre-and post-surveys.

Activity Description Reach out to and meet with at least 10 school districts to request that they recommend or promote the program to candidates in their school districts to participate in the Summer Tutoring Program.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
20 Program Outcome Enrollment of students in first through third grade in Summer Tutoring Program for at least 4 weeks. 1100.00
21 Program Outcome Enrollment of students in fourth through six grade in Summer Tutoring Program for at least 4 weeks. 1100.00

Activity Description Work with vendor to create an approved list of academic support activities for students to participate in after tutoring sessions.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
23 Service Delivery Number of tutoring resources distributed 2200.00

Activity Description To provide tutoring using vendor-created, library approved curriculum, books, and resources for two months at up to 38 library locations in highest and high need communities identified by using the ARDI equity explorer and partnering with school districts.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
1 Program Outcome Number of library sites that will offer Summer Tutoring Program 0.00 38.00
23 Service Delivery Number of tutoring resources distributed 2200.00

Activity Description Create 2200 student support kits for students to support learning developed by library staff guided by California Education standards to include books, worksheets, and interactive educational materials.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
25 Service Delivery Number of students support kits created 0.00 2200.00

Activity Description To place 38 Youth@Work/CYBP workers, one at each location to provide engagement support to students participating in the Summer Tutoring Program.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
19 Program Outcome Total Number of Youth Served 2200.00
26 Service Delivery Number of Youth@Work/CYBP workers placed at libraries to support Summer Tutoring Program. 0.00 38.00

Outcome Description Enrollment of 1100 students in first through third grades in summer tutoring program for at least 4 weeks in reading and math.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
22 Service Delivery Number of tutoring sessions 25000.00

Outcome Description Enrollment of 1100 students in fourth through sixth grades in summer tutoring program for at least 4 weeks in reading and math.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
22 Service Delivery Number of tutoring sessions 25000.00
32 Program Outcome Total Number of Youth Served 1100.00

Outcome Description 2200 students entering or currently enrolled in first through sixth grade will maintain or increase their proficiency in reading and math based on pre and post assessments by consistently participating consistently in math and reading tutoring sessions with tutors for at least four weeks.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
22 Service Delivery Number of tutoring sessions 25000.00
32 Program Outcome Total Number of Youth Served 1100.00

Outcome Description Increased access to reading and math support materials by having Youth Workers and Tutors direct students that participate in the program to in library and online resources.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
23 Service Delivery Number of tutoring resources distributed 2200.00
25 Service Delivery Number of students support kits created 0.00 2200.00

Outcome Description 38 Youth@Work/CYBP workers will receive meaningful work experience by providing support to youth that participate in Summer Tutoring program sessions and activities.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
26 Service Delivery Number of Youth@Work/CYBP workers placed at libraries to support Summer Tutoring Program. 0.00 38.00