Raising the Bar

Integrating Early Childhood Education into Librarian Professional Development

Welcome to a four-part training series developed by the New York Public Library, in collaboration with CUNY’s Professional Development Institute and funded by the Institution of Museum and Library Services.


Libraries are often the first introduction to early childhood learning for countless families, and we believe the twenty-first century children’s librarian has a unique role as a community anchor, educator, and ambassador of early literacy.

We developed Raising the Bar as a bridge to connect early childhood development to public librarianship and, through an IMLS grant, have made the curriculum and its materials digitally accessible and downloadable.

The curriculum and its materials serve as a free professional development resource for other library systems to implement early literacy training initiatives in their branches.

It is also designed with a “train the trainer” model, a philosophy that encourages learning by teaching and will allow facilitators to become experts in the material as they teach participants.

For more information, visit the How this Works page.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, RE-40-16-0158-16.

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