Enriching Library Services

Early Learning with Families (ELF) 2.0 is a California State Library initiative intended to further the evolution of library services to young children (0-5), their families and caregivers. The initiative is based on the knowledge that the first five years of life are critical in the formative development of children and families, and that libraries can and should be one of the community pillars that support and nurture optimal early childhood development.

"Every dollar invested in quality early childhood programs produces a 7-10% per annum return in better education, health, social, and economic outcomes for the nation."

— Nobel Laureate in economics, Professor James Heckman

Libraries reach millions of children and their adult caregivers each year. Libraries serve their communities by providing rich learning experiences as well as information and resources to help meet community, family and individual needs. ELF libraries create engaging, family-focused, child-centric, developmentally appropriate programs and services that support family strengths and nurture young children's bodies, minds and spirits.

MORE INFO

For more information about ELF 2.0 contact:

California State Library
Library Development Services Bureau
Phone: 916-651-9796
Fax: 916-653-8443
suzanne.flint@library.ca.gov

Video about Early Learning with Families ELF 2.0

DID YOU KNOW?

Parenting is complicated, especially in these modern times. It is a process built on trial and error. To effectively support parents, it will be important, as library staff, to not only be information providers but to also engage in active listening that enables parents to discover their own answers. To hear one parent’s perspective, click the video link below.

VIDEO LINK

ELF EXAMPLES

Good things are happening in California libraries. Many have spent years dedicating resources and staff expertise to designing and delivering quality early learning services for families. It is through their work and this statewide ELF initiative that promising practices continue to evolve and grow.

LIST OF LIBRARIES