Too Small To Fail has partnered with the Laundry Association to provide access to everyday locations where children have a wait time and can be engaged in language rich activities. In this session we will explore the roots of Laundromat Early Literacy and show Every Child Ready to Read 2 strategies help build consistent outcomes for children and families. We will share our partnership strategies and describe the ways in which laundromats can provide a base of community outreach for libraries across the country. Grounded in three tiers of research from Dr. Susan Neuman, NYU researcher and professor, we will share specific tips and strategies for creating contextualized learning and promoting the social act of reading in laundries. Participants will get resources to use in laundry programming and take part in an early STEM activity which can be replicated in community programming. Learn how programming can drive equity-based outcomes and get samples of our Logic Model and surveys in this hands-on session that is sure to have you "awash" new ideas. Learning outcomes include gaining knowledge in how effective laundry partnerships can be formed and gaining easy-to use replicable programming ideas.
Define equity-based outreach in the participant's community of service and learn effective strategies for developing the partnerships and programs in settings such as the laundromat.
Activate early learning in the unusual location of neighborhood or local laundromats by employing specific tips for family engagement.
Evaluate outreach programming by clearly understanding how to build survey questions based on logic model/outcome based evaluation.